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Church of St John the Baptist

Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 11 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

If you are OK with heights, I'm not but try not to think about it, I recomend going up to the top and stepping out to get a fantastic view of Madaba town. Got a great shot myself!

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Artesia, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

From the courtyard of the church, you could see for miles and miles. The church was closed so we couldn't go inside. The wasn't much in the museum. The view itself was definitely worth the trip.

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Aveiro, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

a beautifull church... not much to pray since is full of people, it is a beauty place in the middle of a beautifull site of peace but with so many borders control reminding us that peace is a dream. It is worth the visit!

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Amman, Jordan
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It is an old church with a museum about the life in Madaba and a replica for Umm Al Rassas mosaic. it is build over ancient ruins that you can still see and visit.

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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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