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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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Beautiful church with a great view

We visited the Church of St John the Baptist on our stroll thru Madaba. The welcome at the entrance was very nice and friendly. We've been shown around and some of the mosaics... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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36 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited the Church of St John the Baptist on our stroll thru Madaba. The welcome at the entrance was very nice and friendly. We've been shown around and some of the mosaics and photos were explained. Then we explored the church on our own and I was surprised how 'freely' we were allowed to walk around. Beautiful church. Really.... More 

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Amman Governorate, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our kids loved this church. The gruesome story of the beheading of John the Baptist got them interested (disturbingly, they wondered if his head would be in display!?!) and when we got there, a very welcoming and knowledgable man in the ticket office told us all about the history of Christians in Madaba. We then went into the church, which... More 

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Vadodara, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This church is very beautiful from inside. It has beatiful work of map on the floor done by mosaic. Must visit this place

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This ancient church is simply beautiful on the inside and out. Wonderful vibe when you walk inside. So much history here. So pleased to visit this inspiring church

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

I loved the little mini ancient rooms, take time to read the stories. Go up to the bell to get the best view in town. The person at the gallery area is very helpful, ask him many questions.

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Salmiyah, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

Leaving Wadi Rum, and heading back north we stopped at the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist at the Jordan River. There is a Greek Orthodox church built at the site, as well as several other churches around. The memorial itself is very nicely done, and there is a shuttle service with guide that is mandatory to... More 

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

This church was built to remember John, the Baptist. He was so called because he was the one who baptized Jesus in the river Jordan. It is a lovely church and I am unable to classify it's architecture - may be modern byzantine with a bit of desert monastic tint.

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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

This was hands down my favorite experience in Madaba. Off the beaten path a bit, this is a Catholic church which was built on the ruins of an ancient Byzantine church. It's a very small fee to get in, and the man behind the ticket booth is known for being an awesome person to talk with. The best part about... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016

This church is full of surprises and definitely worth entering. People we met inside were very welcoming and friendly, the man at the counter talked to us about the history of the place and the life of Christians in Madaba today. You will see stunning mosaics, a collection of history in the cellar, nice church and the view of Madaba... More 

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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

My friend and I had a lovely afternoon exploring the many mosaics found in the city of Madaba. This is one of the nicest/most interesting churches there and well worth a visit.

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