Baptismal Site on the Jordan River - Qasr al-Yahud
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History, heritage and nature
The baptismal site on the banks of the Jordan River, Qasr al-Yahud, is the site where according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist
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Christian tradition marks this site as the place of the “spiritual birth” of Jesus, as opposed to his physical birth in Bethlehem. As such, the baptismal site is of great sacred significance – the third holiest site in the Christian world (after the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem).
Baptismal Site on the Jordan River – Qasr al-YahudUseful Information
Last entry to the site: one hour before site closesSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 15:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 14:00 - 08:00
- The site is located north of the Dead Sea
- Take road 1 east to the junction with the Jericho detour road (road 90)
- At the junction, turn north onto road 90 and drive about 5 km to the turnoff eastward where the sign says Qasr al-Yahud
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