History, Heritage, and Religion

In a beautiful oasis on the banks of the Jordan River, is the Qasr el Yahud baptismal site–the place where Jesus was baptized for the first time. Beyond its historical significance, which crosses every religion and belief, the place is a diamond in the heart of the Judean desert.
Here you will find beautiful monasteries such as the Greek Orthodox monastery named after John the Baptist, for whom the place is named (Castle of the Jews).  Abundant vegetation spreads along the river on either side.
The site, which became a closed military area after the Six-Day War, and reopened in the 1980s, now holds many Christian ceremonies on holidays and is a destination for pilgrims from all over the world.


  • Phone: 02-6504844
  • Fax: 02-6504853
  • Email: mh.deadsea@npa.org.il
  • Address: 10 Kilometer north of Jerico, Near the Dead Sea

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  • Monday 08:00-16:00
  • Tuesday 08:00-16:00
  • Wednesday 08:00-16:00
  • Thursday 08:00-16:00
  • Friday 08:00-15:00
  • Saturday 08:00-16:00


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