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Church of St John the Baptist

Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Madaba
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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... more » 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. « less
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Some previous reviewers are getting this church mixed up with its more famous brother, the Church of St. George. In THAT church, you'll find the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. Here is a church that is dedicated to St. John the Baptist (hence the name), and the church itself, a newer construction in the city's long history, is... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Reading some of the other reviews you get the idea that the bell tower is to die for. While fun in the I can't believe they're letting us do this sort of way, it definitely isn't worth it to climb up for the view. See my picture. If you are not going to be stopping by Um er Rasas they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I thought this was just a pretty church like many throughout the U.S. and Europe but I was wrong! We went downstairs and there is a working well with water for blessings at the bottom. One room was made to look like a tent from the times of John the Baptist and there were multiple beautiful mosaics on the walls.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

The place is well maintained. If you are not afraid of height, you can walk up to the clock tower middle level and climb further up to the top of the clock tower. If you are not afraid of dark, you can find the passage under the church.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Make sure to have a guide to fully understand the map. It's an extremely interesting archeological piece

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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We were staying in Madaba for the last night of our holiday in Jordan and arrived in the early evening following a long and tiring day at Jerash. The hotel staff recommended that we visit some of the local churches and, despite our weary legs, we were really glad we took their advice. We arrived at the church at close... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

we visited the church on the night of good friday and there was a special ceremony going on and it was so very peaceful and lovely.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We stumbled across this when we had some time to kill in Madaba. For 1JD it was incredible value for money. The exhibits were a bit quirky, but you were literally led through the whole building: from the ancient ruins the newer church was built on to the top of the church tower. As luck would have it we got... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I see people writing that you can spend 2 hours in st john church - that seems to be somewhat over the top. Nevertheless, it's a true gem. We stopped at st johns for 30 min. The undeground acropolis is wonderful, including a nice old well. The stairway to the tower bell is fun - whatch your head! View on... More

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Hornchurch, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This Catholic Church is very interesting to spend an hour or two in. It cost us 1JD to enter and there's plenty to see, also a great view from the top of the bell tower. The gentleman there was very friendly and helpful, it was the weekend when we visited so we also had a look at the adjacent Catholic... More

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