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The Baptism Site Of Jesus Christ
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

We drove here ourselves, and the site is well signposted from the dead sea highway. One arrives in a car park - leave the car - purchase a ticket and wait for a tour bus. Some reviewers said the buses were sporadic but there was a timetable (A bus each 30 mins) and ours left on time.

If you don't know a vast amount when you start then you're possibly not going to be that much better off after you leave. The guide assigned to our bus was ok - talked a lot - pointed out Elijas hill during a breif stop (Again if you don't know who Elija was you wont find out - but he had a hill and it was pointed out !)

We stopped again to view an archeological site deemed to be the baptism site by virtue of it being on the old course of the river Jordan and it had a Christial chappel / baptism site. Then a 5 to 10 min walk to the river Jordan. The highlight for us was the fact that the border with the West Bank is the river and you are only a few meters from the Israeli operated "attraction". Plenty of time to mooch and get some photographs. A look around a Greek Orthodox church set back from the river for 5 mins - 10 mins in a gift shed and bus back to the start.

Was it interesting - yes. But if you aren't overly religious and are not really up on the facts there isnt a lot of info which is a shame. The guide did his best.... but there is only so much a bloke can do....

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Really enjpyed the trip. It is a shame that the river does not run through the original site but very much worth a vist even if you are not religious. The river flows on the border between Jordan and Israel and you can wave to the people visiting the Israeli side some of whom were being baptised.

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Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

The place really feels like it is cashing in on an important find. At JOD 12 each it is quite expensive but the facilities do not match the price. You may have to wait up to an hour for the shuttle bus (as it is by the border no private touring is allowed). You just have to stand in the car park until the bus turns up there is nothing else to do. Once you are on the move the tour goes past the remains of an old church baptismal pool thought to be built on the site of the baptism of Jesus then down to the present day river right on the Palestinian border - an interesting place to see baptisms taking place under the gaze of the border guards. The tour also took us to a couple of expensive souvenir stalls but skipped Tell Elijah. Even if you are not religious this is an important historical place and worth a visit but it really needs some work to improve the experience.

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Reviewed October 24, 2013

The site of Jesus' baptism was a very disappointing experience. Site had little organization or interpretation. You have to take a shuttle bus to the site with a guide. We waited one hour for a shuttle bus even though buses were supposed to leave every half hour. The Guide could not care less. It was like it was too much trouble for him. When you finally get to the baptism site it is just a hole in the ground. The Jordan River is about 3 meters wide. The site could be a fantastic experience if it had excellent interpretation. I would not bother going until the guide service improves.

Thank Peter H
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

My first reaction to this very important historical site was Surprise! The Jordan river is quite tiny, more like a rivulet. Yet it has seen so much history & is considered so holy! And something so historically important, its just lying there in the open! A tiny stream separates Jordan from Palestine & yet it seems to be such a peaceful place - its amazing!
The whole atmosphere there is casual & peaceful despite the security. So even though there is not much to see there apart from a Greek Orthodox church & an archeological site - the place has an aura of mysticism & calm! I really enjoyed the trip there & somehow felt a part of history!

Thank Keyamom
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