Baptism Site of Jesus ( Qasr Al-Yahud)

The place where the tradition marks the baptism site of Jesus at the Jordan River. It is also a tradition that it’s the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River on their journey to the land.

One side is Israel, the other is Jordan.

The place is located on a really narrow section of the Jordan River and a lot of monasteries and churches were built around it. What makes the place even more special is that it is at the border with Israel and Jordan.

During the Ottoman period in which the worship allowed only the eastern churches, a lot of the monasteries were abandoned. In 1956 an Earthquake damaged some of the monasteries. When Israel captured the place in 1967 the area was a border hot spot and the area was mined including some of the abandon monasteries.

Mined abandon Monasteries along the way.

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The site was closed for many years and as a result, an alternative site was established in northern Israel next to the sea f Galilee. In the recent year, the site went through many adjustments and its open the tourists all the week.

The road to the place is mined from both sides including the monasteries along the way. At the entrance, there will be a security post that will register you.

At the site itself where the width of the river is no more than 6 meters, one side is Israel and one side is Jordan. There are Israeli and Jordanian soldiers both hiding from the sun, each on their side.

Bats Reseach Facility

Just before the site entrance, you will see a military outpost. This outpost was abandon after the peace agreement between Israel and Jordan. Bats settled at this abandon post and today is being used as a bats research facility with adjustment to the inside bunkers to make the bats lives easier.
you can read about the project and see live cams here:

 

How to get to Qasr Al-Yahud and opening hours:

The place is isolated with nothing around. so unless you have a car its hard to get here.
In the Israel park authority site, you can see the opening hours and a good map of how to get there.

The Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem includes a visit to the site as part of their tours.

 

 

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