The Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ, UNESC Site, Gobernacion De Balqa, Jordan 

Al-Maghtas, translating to “the place of Bapstism,” is an international treasure and attraction. The site is known as “Bethany Beyond the Jordan,” and it is a yearly gathering of Christians during their pilgrimage season

Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river. Situated in a pristine natural environment the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. It features Roman and Byzantine remains including churches and chapels, a monastery, caves that have been used by hermits and pools in which baptisms were celebrated, testifying to the religious character of the place. The site is a Christian place of pilgrimage.

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