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Church of St John the Baptist

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Address: Madaba, Jordan
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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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Wonderful paintings

If you like paintings, than this Church is the place to go, it owns many wonderfull paintings, of which some of them are really large.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Joop V
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Ede, The Netherlands

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Ede, The Netherlands
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170 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like paintings, than this Church is the place to go, it owns many wonderfull paintings, of which some of them are really large.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Beautiful mosiacs on the floor and on the wall. Nice place to just sit and reflect about the people that came before you.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This is along the path after Jesus' baptism site and the Jordan River. It is right on the border with Israel. It is worth the walk to see.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

To begin with there are things to explore beneath and at the top! Beneath is wonderful surprise every corner and top gives stunning 360 degree view. Entrance fee is just 1Dinar. The only cheapest ticket in Jordan… LOL I feel.. other paid attractions are crazy expensive. The church has school besides. When we visited we explored the lower area first,... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

I had visited this church about five years ago when they were beginning to get their museum off the ground. They have done a very nice job and offer a peek into the history of the area by exploring the excavated area under the church. There are some Byzantine finds, a Moabite well dating back to biblical times, and examples... More 

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Lelystad, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

On Friday mornings there is a service so the mosaics are covered by a carpet. I had the prospect of waiting 2,5 hrs or heading off to Mt Nebo and the Dead sea. I chose the latter. However even just the church is well worth the detour when in Amman

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Kaunas, Lithuania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful church. We were here alone, and it was so strange, interesting and maybe uncomfortable. You can go to the belfry and acropolis (alone). Tickets cost 1 jd per person.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015 via mobile

So wandered along here after being at the Baptist Church and found a delightful adventure. For your 1jd you get to go down under the church to an exhibition and go through old tunnels and staircases. You can even go right to the top of the bell tower (if your legs allow!) where there is a cracking view over the... More 

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Amman, Jordan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

Just amazing. Very interesting and highly recommend. A must see part of any tour of Madaba. You can also do it as part of a walking tour.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Mosaic good--The guide even took us to see the old well and pulled up a bucket of Holy water ! The underground rooms a little dark

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