The Place Where John the Baptist is Believed to Have Baptised Jesus Christ is Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

John answered them saying, “I baptize in water, but among you stands One whom you do not know.  It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. (John 1:26-28, NASB; emphasis mine)

According to Bible History Daily, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has recently added the archaeological complex at Al-Maghtas, Jordan — dubbed the Biblical “Bethany beyond the Jordan” — to its World Heritage List.

The site has been venerated as the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus since the late Roman–early Byzantine periods, when early Christians began making pilgrimages to the area.

Bethany beyond the Jordan

Above:  An aerial view of the remains of a Byzantine-era monastery complex on a low hill at Al-Maghtas, Jordan. This area has been venerated by Christian pilgrims as “Bethany beyond the Jordan,” the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus, since the Byzantine period. (Source:  Jordan Tourism Board)

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