Al Maghtas

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Al Maghtas
Native name
Arabic: المغطس
Baptism Site.jpg
Excavation of baptism site
Location Jordan River, Jordan
Coordinates 31°50′14″N 35°33′01″E / 31.837109°N 35.550301°E / 31.837109; 35.550301Coordinates: 31°50′14″N 35°33′01″E / 31.837109°N 35.550301°E / 31.837109; 35.550301
Official name: Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" (Al-Maghtas)
Type Cultural
Criteria III, VI
Designated 2015 (39th session)
Reference no. 1446
State Party Jordan
Region Arab States
Al Maghtas is located in Jordan
Al Maghtas
Location of Al Maghtas in Jordan

Al Maghtas (Arabic: المغطس‎), meaning "baptism", or "immersion" in Arabic, is a place in Jordan on the Jordan River, located 10 kilometres southeast of Jericho. It is where most modern scholars and archaeologists believe the baptism of Jesus took place,[1] corresponding with the directions given in Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22 and John 1:28.

John 1:28: These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptising.

On the current site stands a 19th-century Greek Orthodox monastery. In 1994, UNESCO sponsored archaeological excavations in the area. Pope John Paul II visited the site in March 2000 and Pope Benedict XVI visited in May 2009. In 2007, a documentary film entitled The Baptism of Jesus Christ - Uncovering Bethany Beyond the Jordan was made about it.[2]

In 2015, UNESCO declared this site, along with Tell Mar Elias and the nearby Saint John the Baptist churches, as a World Heritage Site.[3]

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