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Qasr El Yahud, Jerusalem
Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
Qasr el Yahud is the official name of a baptism site in the Jordan River Valley, Palestine.It is the western part of the traditional site of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, in Arabic Al-Maghtas, a name which was historically used for the pilgrimage site on both sides of the river. It is also traditionally considered to be the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River, and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.Qasr el-Yahud is close to the ancient road and river ford connecting Jerusalem, via Jericho, to several Transjordanian biblical sites such as Madaba, Mount Nebo and the King's Highway. It is located in the West Bank, a little southeast from Jericho and is part of the Jericho Governorate of Palestine.The baptism site and facilities are administered by the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as part of an Israeli national park.Plan to see Qasr El Yahud and other attractions that appeal to you using our Jerusalem itinerary builder.
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This area is well maintained and clean. Plenty of space for all the people who come to visit. The two soldiers on duty were mostly out of sight so it felt more sacred. You could see security on the Jo... read more »
This site was closed after the six day war in 1967 and reopened just a few years ago (2011). Directly across the narrow river you can see the Jordanian side of the site where visitors to Jordan are ab... read more »
קאסר אל היהוד הוא אחד המקומות החשובים לעם היהודי. המקום הזה (קילומטר לפה או לשם) נכנסו בני ישראל לארץ ישראל. כיום האתר באווירה נוצרית בלבד אבל למרות זאת המקום עדיין חשוב לעם היהודי. מומלץ למי שמתעניין... read more »
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