Bethany Jordan River Baptism Site of Jesus

Bethany Jordan River Baptism Site of Jesus

Bethany Jordan River Baptism Site of Jesus
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Sue W
Ilkeston, UK1,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
This site is sacred and so is guarded by armed guards but we didn't feel unsafe or threatened. There is a sheltered walk from the car park to the river. At the riverside there is a font with fresh river water and you can walk down the steps to the river. On the other side you see the Israeli bankside and flag.
Written 26 April 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,872 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Bethany beyond the Jordan is famous as the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. The Baptism Site Museum is run by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate. The treasures were magnificent, including a robe that took five years to embroider. You follow a path that leads to the spot where Jesus was baptized. There were five churches built near the spot in memory of the baptism. I said prayers here for two friends--one is in the ICU and the other has pancreatic cancer. You can get baptized in the Jordan River. When I was here in 2016, I saw many people getting baptized by full immersion. Now the site was quite empty. The river is not wide and you can see both the Jordanian and Israeli sides.
Written 21 April 2024
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Trina
Bloomington, IN3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Serious safety incident
Feb 2024 • Solo
I came here on Feb 25,2024. I was a woman alone. I was accompanied by 2 military men. I thought I’d be safe with 2. I was wrong. I was assaulted at one of the holiest sites in the world. Both men were grabbing on me. 1 pulled down began rubbing in my chest and stomach and pulled my shirt down while the other watched. They had massive guns and there wasn’t much I could do. I managed to get a picture of 1. He took my phone and deleted it but didn’t realize there is a recently deleted folder on my phone. I told my guide who said he’d tell his director. As i was leaving, traumatized & crying, i passed by a cop who had another guide translate for me. The guide told me, “ it’s not a big deal.” I drove off. The cop jumped in a taxi and started chasing me down in my car on an empty road. My experience here was horrifying. I thought I’d be safe at such a holy and guarded place. Every single person there deserves to lose their job. They use their positions to take advantage of women and work together to do so. This place is unsafe and i recommend you stay as far away as you can. I git assaulted all throughout Yemen but this was by far the worst. The did not allow me to file the report and out of fear of more harassment i waited until i left Yemen to do anything.
Written 26 February 2024
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amg14
virginia389 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
First of all you CANNOT see this site on your own because it is in a military zone. We arrived at the visitor center, had to wait 20 minutes for the bus, made a 3 minute stop at Elijah’s well, then a 15 minute stop at a gift shop!!!! I told the guide that I didn’t come there to shop and I hoped we wouldn’t be rushed at the other sites. Then we walked to the Jordan and to a very nice church. The guide really didn’t show much interest in explaining things. I felt like I was herded with a large group of people. This took a large chunk out of our day which could have been better spent elsewhere.
Written 25 February 2024
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Lynda C
Wokingham, UK561 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Bethany is the historic site where Jesus was baptised in the river Jordan by John the Baptist.
It is very close to the Israeli border (the river is the border) - this was 2 weeks before the war started. Once you are the visitor centre and have paid, you have to wait for a bus and are accompanied at all times. There are armed guards on both sides of the fences - Jordan and Israel. Begore the war, this was not a problem but you have to stick to the bus and then path with the guide.

The 1st stop on the bus is to a gift shop which was good - plenty of time to buy things. You then walk along marked paths. You see various churches in the distance and then go to the Greek Orthodox Church close to the river. This is a beautiful modern church - all painted. There is also an opportunity there to buy gifts.
The river Jordan is quite small with brown water. You can go down some steps to dip your feet into the water. There is also a font with river water so you can bless yourself with this. I dipped my toes in and was very moved to the point of tears with this experience.
On the Israeli side, they were conducting full emersion baptisms with lots of singing - lovely to see.
The back via a small museum which was wonderful.
Finally back on the bus to the visitor centre.
A fabulous visit - only about 20 minutes north of the Dead Sea by car. The guide was excellent.

Written 29 October 2023
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JMGeneva
Geneva, Switzerland1,943 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
You have to take a tour from the visitor’s center and thus have to follow the (minimally motivated) guide till the end. He will first trap you in a junk gift shop for half an hour before taking you to a couple of moderately interesting places, but who obviously seem to make the most illuminated happy. There are several nice looking churches in the area but you only visit one which hosts some kind of uninteresting museum and pass along another.. the nicest are seen from the road… as for the Jordan river it’s a 3 meters wide muddy stream. There is no point walking half an hour under the sun to see it. You’ve been warned.
Written 6 September 2023
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Julia
Warsaw, Poland29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
No matter if you're religious or not, it's worth going there for historical reasons. The guide will explain more details about the site (you cannot go there alone - you need to leave the car at the visitors center and take the shuttle bus).
Written 12 July 2023
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Lorian H
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The experience started by waiting 40 min in the visitor's center to take the shuttle bus. Once we arrived at the site, we had to wait for everyone to meander around in the gift shop before leaving. The gift shop should be located in the visitor's center where people are already sitting around waiting. I would have left at that point, but you are trapped there as the shuttle busses have to wait for everyone. After the annoying wait for people to shop, it is a long walk to the baptismal site. I have no idea why they would not build the parking closer to the baptismal site. All in all, poorly organized.
Written 18 June 2023
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Stephanie M
Montreal, Canada284 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
The guide we had on the bus was good and gave useful information. However, I didn’t know that the souvenir shop we stopped at first was the only one on the site, and I thought there would be another one later at the end, so I didn’t buy anything as it was too rushed with too many people crammed together in the small shop. So if you want a souvenir from that place, buy it at that first shop.
Written 6 May 2023
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CasaRoscoe
Ottawa, Canada253 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
Our visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site left us less than impressed, and as one previous reviewer indicated: "It could have been so much more." Admission is 12 JOD, which provides the visitor with a shuttle bus to the river, and a one-hour guided tour with a guide from the visitor centre. The recently built Bethany Beyond the Jordan visitor centre was large and bright, but surprisingly underwhelming and sterile. Although the wall-mounted maps were reasonable, most of the artefacts on display are unlabelled. Indeed, it appears that much more display emphasis is placed on the dignitaries that have visited the site recently rather than who visited it in the beginning. We waited about 15 minutes for the shuttle, which took us on a 10-minute journey through Jordanian military-controlled territory.

The first stop was the souvenir shop, and once many of our fellow travellers had made their purchases, we walked to the river. The pathways are mostly smooth concrete, and mostly covered by roofing to protect visitors from the sun. Explanations given by our guide at the various stopping points along the way were adequate, if a bit perfunctory (likely because this was his third or fourth tour of the day). Those who had items with them to dip in the water were given time to do so. The Jordan River itself is a muddy flow, and baptismal stairs and handrails are available on both sides of the river. The day we visited there were no baptisms occurring on the Jordanian side, but several taking place about 10 metres away in Israel, all under the watchful eyes of armed Israeli and Jordanian soldiers.

We were given the opportunity to explore the small, 2011 Greek Orthodox Church of John the Baptist near the riversisde, but again there was little interpretation of what we were seeing, or the fact that it was built over a much earlier crypt. On the return walk from the river we stopped at the St. John the Baptist Orthodox museum and sent inside for 10 minutes to explore. The museum was spacious and new, but could better be termed “open storage” because nothing was labelled, labelled, and there was no explanation about the items’ significance. This was the last stop, after which we were bused back to the visitor centre.

Should one be visiting Bethany Beyond the Jordan to explore one’s religion, it is likely that the experience will be edifying and meaningful; however, if one visits to learn about the site’s broader historical context, then be prepared to be underwhelmed.
Written 4 April 2023
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