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Yardenit, Kinneret

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Religious Site
Pilgrims flock to Yardenit, a popular baptism and pilgrimage spot on the Israeli side of the Jordan River. Although Jesus is believed to have been baptized in Al-Maghtas, on the Palestinian side of the river, this site served as a substitute for the original baptism location after the Six-Day War until it reopened in 2011. Join the flocks of pilgrims from all over the world and of different faiths, who come here to see the holy river, buy a bottle of the sacred water, and participate in a baptism ritual. Take a look at our Kinneret itinerary builder to schedule your visit to Yardenit and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • They gave us a listing of several local pastors and clergy to perform a baptism. We found one who was able to fit us in on short notice, and it was a very good experience. I would suggest it to anyone...  more »
  • Cost for baptism is $10 for towel, robe etc. Robe is very thin so wear bathing suite beneath. Identify who will baptize you and prescribed method (three dunking for Father, Son and Holy Spirit or one ...  more »
  • This is a baptismal site on the river Jordan. Supposed to be popular with pilgrims, but the day we were there it was packed with just tourists, who can also get baptised if they want to. There is a bi...  more »
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  • A wonderful alternative to the traditional baptismal site. The water is clear, we could see fish around or feet. There were good facilities for showers and toilette. There's also a nice gift shop, food and drinks. A white robe is provided and all for just $10. I got baptized there along with a group of around 20 others and we also got certificates. We later went to the traditional site which was free, but not much more than a stairway into muddy water. There were covered tables/benches, poor showers and and small concession.
  • Here I confess and Receive HIM ( Yeshua ) as my Savior , this place river Of Jordan a place that Yeshua was Baptize thousand Years ago . Beautyfull river.And this place many sell a Equipment for offering also
  • Where Jordan River starts from Kineret lake.beautiful place with a special shop for tourists. Holy place for the Christians
  • In 2011 we toured Israel. On a guided bus tour of Nazareth we stopped by the River Jordan. For a few silver shekels extra we could be ‘re’ Baptised. Even though both my husband and I were christened as babies in The Catholic Church we decided to do it again. Dressed in white cloth gowns we joined our devout Christian brothers and sisters and walked through a series of railings into the cold water. It was a DIY baptism so we held each others hands, closed our eyes, counted 3, 2, 1 and immersed ourselves in the waters, where Our Lord Incarnate Himself had been baptized. I would love to tell of a cleansed soul, a feeling of björn again or about a vision of Our Lady but as I came out of the waters I just felt cold. There were no choirs of Angels just the natter of a Pentecostal family nearby. Dad taking pictures, son directing the shoot and Mum sprinkling her décolleté with droplets being carful not to wet her well blow dried hair. There were also tame native water rats swimming in the river. After enjoying a warm shower we went to the gift shop. We bought not only the photos of our Baptism but also the DVD Box set. It was an amazing experience. If we ever come back we will be sure to do it again.
  • I personally really liked the place although Jesus was not baptized here. The entry is for free as well and you have some prepared knee-deep tracks through the water.