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Yardenit Baptismal Site

Yardenit Baptismal Site

Yardenit Baptismal Site is an alleged site of baptism of Jesus Christ as it was described in the New Testament (Matthew 3:13-17). Actually the real site of baptismal is in Qasr el Yahud, but nevertheless Yardenit is one of the most popular sites among Christian pilgrims.






Description of Yardenit Baptismal Site

Yardenit Baptismal Site is a baptism site along the Jordan River in the Northern Israel, not far from the Sea of Galilee. For centuries Qasr el Yahud near ancient Jericho served as a place for veneration among Christian pilgrims. According to oral and written traditions it was a site of Baptism of Jesus Christ by his cousin Saint John the Baptist. However after the Six Day War Qasr el Yahud became a frontier destinations situated on the other side of the Jordan river in Jordan so Israel Ministry of Tourism decided to establish a new site for baptismal site along Jordan River in 1981. It is one of few places in Israel that offers a direct access to Jordan river.



Yardenit Baptismal Site is situated a slow moving Jordan river South of Tiberias, not far from the Sea of Galilee. This Christian pilgrimage complex is equipped with boat ramp. The site of Yardenit is also surrounded by several shops that offers clothes for baptism, locker rooms and a souvenir shops. Try to get here in the early morning hours before tourists will flock to the area. Yardenit is a beautiful quiet place surrounded by pristine forest. It is doesn't really matter if it is not an actual location.