Jordan River

River in Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan

A walking trail passes a golden-roofed Greek Orthodox church and leads to a shaded wooden platform by the river, which here is little more than a creek lined with reeds. You can be baptised in the Jordan if accompanied by a priest; there's also a font accessible to all that is filled with water from the river (but note that, despite its holy status, the river itself is quite polluted, so the water shouldn't be drunk).

This is the only place where civilians can currently touch the Jordan River in Jordan, as the remainder runs through a military no-man’s land. Across the river is the Israeli-run complex of Qasr Al Yahud in the Palestinian Territories, where you can often see large groups of religious tourists being baptised.


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