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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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We enjoyed visiting this church dedicated to the beheadding of John the Baptist. Check out the grotto and climb the bell tower for some fantastic views of Madaba.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
westerley
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West Kelowna, Canada

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West Kelowna, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed visiting this church dedicated to the beheadding of John the Baptist. Check out the grotto and climb the bell tower for some fantastic views of Madaba.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

At first i thought i just wanted to see the john baptism beheading shrine. But the church has more to offer. the john baptism shrine is located underground and it's not the only attractions. there is a 3000 year old ancient Moabite well. you could also go up the bell tower and see the city from up there. another good... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We'd done a lot of sightseeing by the time we reached the Church of St John the Baptist and weren't expecting too much especially since this is a relatively new church. It was well worth visiting: there's a copy of the famous and beautiful Um er Rasas mosaics, a bell tower to climb with views in all directions; a working... More 

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Madaba
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Latin Catholic Church was built in 1883 , there are many portraits in it which pictures the times of John The Pabtest , and it has an Acropolis which is a settlement , espicially a citadel, built upon an area of elevated ground , a must see place

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Nederland, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

This place was simply amazing, when I got there, they were having service. The church was beautiful, the mosaic room was nice. The tunnels and shrines below the church were full of history. The climb to the bell tower allows you to see Madaba from above. Great views and a great place to visit.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

My elderly father and I had the Church of St John the Baptist to ourselves yesterday. The fellow running the ticket booth was incredibly helpful and informative, but the church itself was fascinating. It's built on top of a Moabite settlement and you can descend to the base of the church to the site of an old well that would... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Beautiful mosiacs on the floor and on the wall. The best view of Madaba from the bell tower. Entrance fee is just 1 JOD.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

The church is well preserved. The map mosaic is preserved very well. It was a lovely experience for us!

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

This was the highlight of our trip to Madaba. Very friendly a knowledgable staff. Excellent little visitors centre with some great photos of Madaba in 1905! The climb up the bell tour is a must - not difficult. Great views from the top. A walk through the Accropolis and the tunnels is great fun and very interesting. Great for kids.... More 

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

The church was not on our list of visits, but were glad that we did visit. The tunnels under the church was great to go through and the view from the church tower was beautiful.

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