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The Baptismal Site (Bethany beyond the Jordan)

Balqa, Jordan
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  • The Baptismal Site (Bethany beyond the Jordan)Pro 2014
    Maan @Travel Binge
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    3 Jul 19, 2014

    Jordan claims that this portion of the Jordan river is the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. Actually on the opposite side is Qsar al yahud which is the israel side so they are talking about the same area of this body of water. It's how you promote it. Both sides have some churches built on the area but this side of Jordan is more raw and native. One has to walk lengthily on unpaved road to get to the river and on summer it could be quite hot.

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  • The Baptismal Site (Bethany beyond the Jordan)Pro 2014
    Jelena Budjevac
    5 Mar 30, 2014

    Where it is believed John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ, this border between Jordan and Israel is a fascinating stop to explore whether you are a believer or intrigued by Jordanian - Israeli relations.

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  • The Baptismal Site (Bethany beyond the Jordan)Pro 2014
    Joseph Coureur
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    4 Sep 27, 2012

    UNESCO has designated part of the Jordan River near Balqa as the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. There are some Christian structures there.

    I've heard about the Jordan River ever since I was a young tyke in Sunday School, and I expected this huge river. However, it's really more like an irrigation ditch now. The water is redirected for various purposes before it gets this far. Still, I was able to stand in the waters of the Jordan River.

    Across the river, almost within jumping distance, is Israel, where you can see other tourists. The Jordanians are relaxed while their are several armed soldiers on the Israeli side.

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  • The Baptismal Site (Bethany beyond the Jordan)
    Denny Setiady
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    5 Nov 17, 2013

    Cool

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