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Address: Madaba, Jordan
Description: On December 7, 1967 the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in...
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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Don't lose your head!

A nice church with plenty of history. Underground rooms add to the interest in the church. Bell Tower gives a great view. All this for 1JOD - baragin

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

A nice church with plenty of history. Underground rooms add to the interest in the church. Bell Tower gives a great view. All this for 1JOD - baragin

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Beautiful church built on Byzantine ruins that you can explore. Underneath is also a shrine to st. John the Baptist, a Bedouin style tent and an ancient well where you can draw water from. You can climb up the bell tower for a 360 view of the area. The ticket office has lovely clean toilets too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

From the fortress winding tunnels to the candle lighting wishes and ancient well..I was smitten! Off the beaten path and a hidden gem.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

AMAZING VIEW into the past,,, when you look at the ancient mosaic map on the church's floor you cant do any thing but .. admiring the work of the ancients , and how geography and civilizations change over time ..........

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Not what I expected but a nice experience. Off the beaten path a bit but once back in there the historical sites to see where great. Happy to see care being taken of Holy Sites. :) (March 2010)

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London
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Not a lot of info at the sight itself, but if you are up for a walk up the hill (it's a clear and managed path although it would be hard if your not able bodied ie no wheel chair access). Great views over the Dead sea, there's a small Bedouin tent which I believe offers snacks and drinks, we... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Under ground ruins and chapel, mosaics, view from bell tower, well and lots of original paintings on display.

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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I really liked the ruines in the basement, there are these old walls and chambers that get your imagination going about how it must have looked in ancient times. The concierge is a really friendly guy who wanted to tell and explain us everything, so nice. If you climb the belltower there a cool view of the area. The concierge... More 

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melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I had a few hours to kill after seeing the mosaic map, thought I may as well check it out and it's fantastic! The ticket seller obviously loves his job as he took me on a semi tour. The view from bell tower was great as well dodging the Bells and rafters. Really wanted to ring them!! The guide book... More 

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Kos
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A very insteresting church. First you visit the Gallery with fantastic old pictures of Madaba in the early 1900, from there into the Church and then downstairs to see the ancient walls of the previous church, then climb to the top of the Bell Tower to see the amazing views all over Madaba and the surounding countryside...well worth the 2JD

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