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Church of St John the Baptist

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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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Interesting archaeology

Located inside the area of the Bethany Beyond the Jordan site, this has ruins of the church built atop the cave where John the Baptist once lived. There are wooden paths to walk... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Jerusalem, Israel

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Kyrenia, Cyprus
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We want to see some places because they are introduced to us as the main attractions of that country. They describe the places with nice words. Normally the place is less attractive than the words and pictures. Sometimes more beautiful than the descriptions. Attractions in Jordan were interestingly less attractive than the descriptions. I wasnt impressed by Saint John at... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Located inside the area of the Bethany Beyond the Jordan site, this has ruins of the church built atop the cave where John the Baptist once lived. There are wooden paths to walk on. It is an interesting site, better explored with a guide who can explain the history.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went to the Church of St. John the Baptist for a pop-in on our way to Petra. Cool historical mosaic map of the region. A small but very nice and informative museum on the premises. I would spend a couple JD and get a guide so you can get more of an understanding of the site.....and the city. You... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This church is too old and it's worth visiting it. You can climb the stairs up to the top of it to enjoy Madaba's Panoramic View. As Lebanese there were no entrance fees and the guy working there gave us a detailed explanation about the church history. I think foreigners will have to only pay 1 JD which is nothing... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

if you have a chance to go, go to tower and to the basement of the church, the pictures were nice from the tower with a view for a whole Madaba I liked it

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Alex,Egypt
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Very peaceful and quiet, the only draw back is that it wasn't easy to reach we kept driving around in circles.

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Aylesbury
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Worth a detour to see the amazing mosaic flooring, including an early map of the region. Good local museum too.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Well this was a surprise find. I had seen it on maps on my previous 2 visits to Madaba but I had never had the time to go and find it and have a look. I'm glad I took the time this visit as if you know the story of St. John you will find the church and the museum... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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