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The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ
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Reviewed March 13, 2013

Closeby the Dead Sea; you cannot drive directly to the Site because of its close proximity to the West Bank. You leave your car at a parking lot and a shuttle with a guide takes you close to the Baptism Site where you leave the bus behind and walk a short distance. The Baptism Site is inaccessible, but you're taken to another place a short distance away where you're able to touch the Jordan River. I knew the river would be much smaller now than in ancient times, but it's surprising how narrow it truly is; a good athlete would be able to pole vault from the Jordanian East Bank to the opposite West Bank with little or no trouble at all. A definite must see.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

we wake up very early to get there as we had a flight at around 14.00 we arrive very early were the first tour so was not many people just us and the guide. it was very interting to see all this that the guide showed us . it was a special place and you could feel it . i am defenately going back as we wanted to explore more and we had no time to do .

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Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

We got to the ticket booth and waited for out tour guide he came on a bus - on our way to the site he stopped and pointed out more sites . Once we got to the area we had to walk about a mile to the actual baptism site the water had dried up. Then we were taken to another part of the Jordan river where the river still flowed and we got to touch the water, right across from us we could see the people in West Bank Palestinine doing the same reaching hands in the water also people gettig baptised- worth a visit if ur ever in Jordan - also the deadsea is a 2 mile drive away!!

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Reviewed October 21, 2012 via mobile

The Baptism site - its fun to talk with other pilgrims across the water ... Renew your baptism vows .. And generally enjoy the cool waters of the jordan river

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Reviewed April 18, 2011

This site might be inspiring for very committed Christians, who just want to be where it happened. But even they might find it depressing. We felt our mental images had been shattered and we wished we had not gone.
The site is in a military zone; expect to see lots of barbed wire and men with guns.
Access is allowed only in groups with a guide, who is actually a ‘minder’. Ours was rude and merely barked instructions on when to move on and what number to enter into the (compulsory) electronic audio-guides.
I had not expected many physical remains from 2,000 years ago, but I did not expect the actual baptism site to have green slimy water at the bottom of a hole that had clearly been recently re- excavated, even though the River Jordan is now a trickle compared to what it once was, and it’s moved so it’s now 100 metres away.
We did however see several more recent structures. Some very recent; a rather grubby, empty marble tank built since the Pope’s visit to facilitate mass baptisms, and a church built in 2002 that looked very nice (no expense spared?) – but the door was locked. Also a soft drinks stall where we had to wait 10 minutes for the (compulsory) shuttle bus to take us back to the new shopping arcade at the ticket office. I complained to our ‘guide’ that the bus should have been waiting for us at the end of the tour. He responded, not with an apology, but with a snarl.
On the other side of the River Jordan there was a religious ceremony being conducted; a baptism, presumably. It looked quite moving, despite the dirty brown water. But on the Jordanian side there was little evidence of goodwill being shown to all men.

5  Thank pnfurness
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