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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  • The guide was terrible, barely gave us any informantion. No history, no background, rushed us through every point and we ended up spending 20-25 minutes of the tour in the gift shop. Ridiculous. Defin...  more »
  • I have visited this spot long time ago and I have visited it recently with friends and god it looks great now! A lot of improvements specially around the baptismal site! You can feel the history just ...  more »
  • The site can be visited only if accompanied by a guide as it is on the border with Israel and the Palestinian territories. The Guide allows you to see the place where St. John baptized Jesus and the remains of subsequent churches that sprang up around it. Molyo exciting to visit the River Jordan.
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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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