Bethany beyond the Jordan. The baptism site of Jesus Christ, also known as “Al-Maghtas” takes you through a spiritual journey through time, perfectly preserved on the banks of river Jordan. This archeological world heritage site is considered the original place where Jesus Christ was baptized and has a strong religious resemblance making a pilgrimage destination.
It consists of two regions that are united by the heavily forested Wadi al-Kharrar: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill), and the region 2 km away, overlooking the river, which is home to churches, baptismal fonts, and the ruins of old religious structures. Since 1996, the Department of Antiquities of Jordan has conducted extensive archaeological excavations where they have discovered and investigated numerous artifacts from the Middle Ages, the Roman and Byzantine eras, and both. A monastery, churches, chapels, waterfalls, a number of pools, hermitages and other monastic abodes, still-active springs, and lodging for pilgrims and tourists are among them.
The pilgrimage site served as a rest station for early Christians traveling from Jerusalem to the biblical sites in the Transjordan, which included Al-Maghtas, Mount Nebo (the location of Moses’ death), and Madaba, through Jericho and a ford in the Jordan River.