The Baptism Site/ Bethany beyond the Jordan/ Al-Maghtas

Home to several biblical cities including Sodom, Gomorrah, and Zoar, the archaeological discoveries between the Jordan River and Tal al-Kharrar have identified this area as Biblical “Bethany Beyond the Jordan.” The area is where John was living when he baptized Jesus. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Baptism Site commission welcomes pilgrims from all around the world seeking spiritual connection to biblical times, a glimpse of history or a chance to be baptized where Jesus was so many years ago.

If that’s not enough biblical history for one area, the cave where Lot and his daughters took refuge after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is located just outside an area called Safi (Biblical Zoar).

How to Get There

From Amman: Drive south along the Dead Sea highway towards the Dead Sea. About 20 minutes into the drive you will reach a fork in the road; heading North at that fork will lead you directly to this breathtaking site.

From the Dead Sea: The drive from the Dead Sea hotel area to the Baptism Site is only about 15 minutes as Al-Maghtas is only about 20KM North of the hotel area.

From Aqaba: Along the scenic King’s Highway the drive North from Aqaba should only takeHow to get there about 3 hours and a half.


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