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Church of St John the Baptist

Address: Madaba, Jordan
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Ranked #1 of 11 things to do 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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Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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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74 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
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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165 reviews 165 reviews
57 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
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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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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81 reviews 81 reviews
26 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
231 helpful votes 231 helpful votes
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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204 reviews 204 reviews
81 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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