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Al-Maghtas, officially known as the “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” Baptism Site, is an archaeological site and World Heritage Site located on the east bank of the Jordan River. It is revered as the original site of the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist since at least the Byzantine period. It is located 9 kilometers north of the Dead Sea and 10 kilometers southeast of Jericho, covering an area of 533.7 hectares. The site is divided into two distinct zones:

Al-Maghtas encompasses two main archaeological areas, connected by a stream called Wadi Kharrar: Tell al-Kharrar (Jabal Mar-Elias) and the area near the river, where the ancient Church of St. John the Baptist is located. This site is an important pilgrimage destination, especially during the Epiphany celebration on January 6, attracting thousands of visitors each year. The site has been visited by three Popes (John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis) and numerous heads of state.

  • Address
    Juwafat al-Kafrayn, Jordan
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Everyday from 8:30 to 17:00
  • What to see
    The place where Jesus was baptized by St John

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