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Qasr al-Yahud Baptismal Site

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Address: | Jordan Valley Region, Jerusalem, Israel
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This Jordan Rive baptismal site is a special and sacred spot for...

This Jordan Rive baptismal site is a special and sacred spot for Christianity. Here the Jordan River flows through the plains of Jericho, creating a thread life through the heart of the desert. Christian pilgrims come here to be baptized in the river, just as – according to tradition – John the Baptist baptized Jesus some two thousand years ago.

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very important for christians

the site is now open, after many years it wasnt. the Israeli parks and gardens authority built the place up beatifully. there are changing rooms and showers for everyone that... read more

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the site is now open, after many years it wasnt. the Israeli parks and gardens authority built the place up beatifully. there are changing rooms and showers for everyone that wants to change and go into the jordan river. almost all of the time there is minister performing ceremonies and usually - a lot of people all the time.

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Reviewed 21 March 2017

The real Baptism site is at the opposite side, where you can see the real historical remains, pray in real churches and have a real baptism.

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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

Oh happy day - when Jesus walked - great spot to watch happy people at this historic site - excited people

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

One of the most moving moments of my month-long trip to the Holy Land was helping our group to remember our baptisms in the waters of the Jordan River. Please note that the water is not so clean but there are places to wash off near the souvenir shop at the front entrance!

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Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

Nice tourist friendly but not touristy complex built on River Jordan in the spot traditionally thought to be the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ. Just being there is for most people from Western culture something incredible. You have to cross the boarder guard post since the Jordanian boarder runs through the middle of the river but you... More 

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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Thought to be the site that the Children of Israel crossed the Jordan. Has significance for Christians and Jews and I'm sure other religions. The river is about 20 feet wide and is the border between Israel and Jordan Soldiers are on both sides but the area seems very peaceful.

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

This is where Jesus was Baptised. Also across the river was the country Jordan. Both Israel and Jordan had two guards guarding this crossing which seemed very peaceful. A lot of people were getting Baptised when we were there. The guards were friendly and happily posed for a picture.

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Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Well maintained by the Israeli Park authority,modern ,clean with seperate showers and most important: free of charge( unlike Yardenit near the lake of Tiberias) This is the only place in the Jordan valley that one can come close to the actual river. There is little water and the proximity to the Jordanean side/ site is about 3 m. If only... More 

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Reviewed 5 December 2016

What an eye opener it is. Absolute delight to be in this place. Just a small river separating Israel with Jordan. Although there are always more tourists on the Israel side than Jordan because of some confusion that they have on which is the actual baptism site.

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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This area is well maintained and clean. Plenty of space for all the people who come to visit. The two soldiers on duty were mostly out of sight so it felt more sacred. You could see security on the Jordan side. Gift shop was very limited. Toilets were clean and free. I greatly enjoyed dunking in the waters and watching... More 

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