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Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” (Al-Maghtas)
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: lst century
Date of Inscription: 2015
Location: Middle East, Jordan, Eastern River Jordan
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Six official UN languages: Arabic, English, French
Other languages: Croatian
Description: Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river. Situated in a pristine natural environment the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. It features Roman and Byzantine remains including churches and chapels, a monastery, caves that have been used by hermits and pools in which baptisms were celebrated, testifying to the religious character of the place. The site is a Christian place of pilgrimage. --WHMNet's description is from WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Al Maghtas (Arabic: المغطس‎), meaning "baptism", or "immersion" in Arabic, is a place in Jordan on the Jordan River, located 10 kilometres southeast of Jericho. It is where most modern scholars and archaeologists believe the baptism of Jesus took place, corresponding with the directions given in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22 and John 1:28. John 1:28: These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptising. On the current site stands a 19th-century Greek Orthodox monastery. In 1994, UNESCO sponsored archaeological excavations in the area. Pope John Paul II visited the site in March 2000 and Pope Benedict XVI visited in May 2009. In 2007, a documentary film entitled The Baptism of Jesus Christ - Uncovering Bethany Beyond the Jordan was made about it. In 2015, UNESCO declared this site, along with Tell Mar Elias and the nearby Saint John the Baptist churches, as a World Heritage Site. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
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