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Church of St John the Baptist

Address: Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Madaba
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: On December 7, 1967 the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in Madaba, belonging to the...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: On December 7, 1967 the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in Madaba, belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as a Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and urged visitors and pilgrims to visit this sacred site.
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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Almost passed this up during my walk around the city. Glad I stopped in. Ticket counter person was very friendly and helpful. Amazing mosaics, underground sites were incredible, and climb to the belltower was worth the view once you calm your fear of heights.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

A beautifully built church in Madaba! It's nice to see the mosaics in this church, one of the most important and famous pieces of art and history in the world. A must see if you're visiting the town of Madaba

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Very easy travelling around Madaba to see all the mosaics and churches, especially when staying at the Mosaic City Hotel which was so close to everything.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

There was lots to see at this church - from the amazing view up the slightly terrifying staircase, to the ancient well and other archaeologically significant ruins in the basement.

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switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

one of the best churches I've visited! you can go underground for the shrine of john the baptist, and ancient well and other rooms, walk through the lovely church, and venture up all the floors through the belltower for ariel views of the whole town! not for the vertiginous! fantastic, best place in madaba!

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Stavanger, Rogaland, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I visited the Church predominantly because I was told it was possible to climb the bell tower and get a 360 degree view of Madaba city. And indeed, that was true - and what a view, simply great. Well worth the few stairs and small passage you have to negotiate to get to the top. To make the experience even... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The mosaic which the church is known for is interesting as well as a few of the other frescos. No more than 30 minutes required.

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Taiwan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

nice view of the city from the tower, beautiful mosaic and informative staff

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Very old church has history behind easy to reach from hotel worth to visit more you ask more you find just in centre area restaurants are around good location.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I would not make a special trip to see it. Having said that, it is small and the beautifully decorated. Simple and moving. Given the magnitude of all other sites, this church was impactful in its simplicity.

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