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Church of St John the Baptist

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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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Better than expected! It doesn't take that long to see, so try not to miss it.

An impromptu diversion turned into a visit to a surprisingly interesting place. The ascent to the top of the bell tower was steep and narrow. The highlight of this church is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

An impromptu diversion turned into a visit to a surprisingly interesting place. The ascent to the top of the bell tower was steep and narrow. The highlight of this church is being able to enjoy the unobstructed 360 degree view from the top of the tower. I got a little wobbly in the knees looking down from such a height... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I went for the view from the bell tower, but really enjoyed the catacombs underneath the church also. A really good place to visit in addition the mosaic church.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Seriously dont waste your money and time there's nothing to see in my opinion, The ticket price is just ( 2jds )

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The church is full of history and despite our whistle stop tour we were able to explore the church - well recommend visiting!

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

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

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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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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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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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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