Jordan River Baptismal Site, Dead Sea Region

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World Heritage-listed and a destination for many Christian pilgrims, Jordan River Baptismal Site represents the purported spot where John baptized Jesus. Where the river flows out of the Sea of Galilee, devotees perform baptism rituals on the curved, stone-studded concrete terrace sloping into the river. You can dip into the legendary green waters amidst reed and palm trees, with or without the assistance of a pastor. The site welcomes all denominations and the baptismal area is wheelchair accessible. Join one of the frequent bible studies readings in the small concrete amphitheaters underneath ancient olive and eucalyptus trees. You can explore excavations of a small Byzantine chapel nearby, or stop in the small church for prayers. Using our world travel planner, Dead Sea Region attractions like Jordan River Baptismal Site can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • October 3, 2017
    This is a must see place for Jordan. Go early to avoid the hot sun but there is a covered walkway to the river bank. Knowledgeable guide and good pace set.  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Jesus ' baptism is the place where you receive. Welcome to the exact area of the historical, but this location is right to comment circumstantial. Once receptionist description take the bus. Jordan River (aka Jordan River) between Jordan and Israel is bordered on its North. It's the border. .. Please note that this is not a Palestinian call that Israel Israel call in La.
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  • September 25, 2017
    All fine, but charging money for visiting shrines is wrong! In General, all very interesting and informative, it is possible to see new churches of different Christian denominations, the remains of old churches built sometime around the place of baptism. Come to the Jordan River, under the watchful eye of the Jordanian border guards since the River forms the border with Israel, you can fetch water from the river and even pass rite of baptism in Holy River. You can easily get there from anywhere in the country, a matter of time, but not more than 4:00 anyway!
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You can choose from a number of hotels in the Dead Sea Region of Jordan, chiefly lining the lake coastline and the Dead Sea Highway. High-end resorts mostly concentrate in the northeastern part of the lakeside, offering on site spas and swimming pools, as well as a view of the Jerusalem skyline across the water. If you're looking to visit on the weekend or during the holidays, it's best to book ahead. Since budget-friendly accommodation is rare, a thrifty traveler might want to day trip from the capital, or stay in the nearby town of Madaba.
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