These icons are made of tiny mosaic pieces of ceramic that have been made in Madaba for centuries.
The city of Madaba is known as a source of the beautiful ancient art form of mosaics. We visited a shop where these unique pieces are made. It is quite fascinating and time intensive! Next, we drove to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba to see some of the beautiful mosaic iconography as well as a sixth century A.D. mosaic map of the Holyland which was uncovered on this site.
The pictures below are of an icon that was changed by a miracle in the church….look carefully and see if you can figure out what is unusual in these pictures of the Panayia and our Lord Jesus. The story is that this appeared one day out of the blue. What do you think?
See the site http://www.orthodoxwiki.org/Panagia_Tricherousa for more information about the three handed Theotokos.