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Qasr al-Yahud Baptismal Site

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Neighbourhood: Givat Ram
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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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Baptismal Site

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

This site was closed after the six day war in 1967 and reopened just a few years ago (2011). Directly across the narrow river you can see the Jordanian side of the site where visitors to Jordan are able to tour the area. Some religious groups choose to be Baptized in the river. There are bathrooms and showers available as... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Poor Jordan river, one can hardly blaim this muddy brook looking water course, one of the rare ones nourishing the rapidly shrinking Dead Sea, for this late tragic fate...when almost everybody in the region is pumping its waters for more and more irrigations...wouldn´t we do the same? Neither the Jewish authority is to be blamed for the paramount solid stone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Our small group was the only one there on the day we visited. It was so lovely and peaceful with doves walking around the terrace. We were fortunate to have perfect weather too. You can see the Jordanian baptismal terrace across the river. If you have the opportunity to visit this spot (on either side of the river) - it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

This was definitely a highlight of my trip! The weather was perfect at about 75 degrees. The water looked dirty but our guide assured us it was safe. Odd to see armed guards on both sides of the baptismal site but everything was peaceful and beautiful. Doves even flew over us....how symbolic and special it was. The changing area was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

Since the Six Days War of 1967,this place was closed,as it is on the natural border between the two banks of the river. In the recent years the Greek Orthodx monks were allower to rehabilitate thehalf ruined convent,and the roads cleaned of mines,Today you may visit it is safe and quiet,the river is very but very small and narrow,Summer months... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

Visited both baptismal, Yardenit and Qasr el Yahud, which the latter is believed to be the more authentic site. Got here as part of a tour to the West Bank as this is a short drive east of Jericho. Had to pass to cleared up minefield and Jordan is must 5 m across this narrow stretch of Jordan. There were... More 

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