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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. Plan to see Jordan River Baptismal Site and other attractions that appeal to you using our Dead Sea Region vacation builder.
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  • Great experience, the shuttle bus tour was alright, but it was too hot. Would recommend visiting during winter or spring.  more »
  • This was very nice and orderly. We had a large group received our robes and towels very timely. Loved my experience of being baptized.  more »
  • I rated the site 3/5 only for its religious meaning Otherwise it is a poor site, neglected by officials It gave me great pain to see the river jordan almost dry, the baptism site neglected the way it ...  more »

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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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