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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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Ruins of a historic church!

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Rome, Italy

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Rome, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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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Thank readingirl25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Amman, Jordan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Madaba needs a day there to enjoy every thing I loved it and enjoyed everything in it ,I am not a religious person but I really like ver being part of it take a look on old things and learn about its something I should see and try culture history life all are going to teach you we met a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

Drinking water from the Moabite well (> 3,000 years old), interesting bits of information in the Acropolis Museum, The well-informed, knowledgeable and very likeable Manager/museum supervisor, the fabulous church with the amazing paintings, the hair-raising climb up the Bell tower, the 360 view of the city with a setting sun as the backdrop, the Wedding in the evening (with bagpipes!)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The church itself is nice enough, but the main interests are below the church (and in the bell tower). The caretaker of the church sent his young son (10 years old) with us to show us around the caves below the church, and he was a very fine "guide" and we really enjoyed the visit with him. Make sure to... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Though now only a part of it remains on the mosaic floor, this map crafted in AD 560, has 157 captions (in Greek) depicting all the major biblical sites of the Middle East from Egypt to Palestine. It is still the icon of Jordan and Madaba.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

a very beautiful church. you can climb up to the bell tower and overlook the whole Madaba city up there.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This place is unique with Madaba Old Well, some ancient tunnels below the church, and schools next to church. I would recommend those who visit Madaba definietly spare 45-60 minutes to pass by. You can climb via narrow stairs to the highest point of the church, bell tower. IN Summer time from 9:00 am till 7:00 pm you can visit... More 

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