The Baptism is the destination of Christian pilgrims from all parts of the world

PETRA
The site of the baptism of Jesus Christ, “the Baptism”, is a pilgrimage for Christians from all parts of the world, as it is the starting place for the Christian call after the baptism of Jesus Christ by John the Baptist two thousand years ago. The site also carries many messages of tolerance Harmony among all religions and building bridges of love among all humanity.

The General Director of the Baptism Authority, Eng. Rustum Makjian, said in an interview with the Jordan News Agency (Petra) that the baptismal site receives direct attention from His Majesty King Abdullah II, and His Highness Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Baptism Site Authority, members of the Council and the concerned authorities attach importance to preserving the value of Religious and historical bathing.
He added, “The Baptism Site, from which the Christian religion was launched on the pure land of Jordan, and which was protected by Muslims, is considered one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites in the world, and among the five Christian sites that have been officially approved by the Vatican, and recognized by all the heads of Christian churches in the world.”
And McGian continued, The Baptism site began to receive pilgrims from all Christian denominations and to practice pilgrimage and baptism ceremonies since 2000, indicating that the Baptism site was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2015, to confirm the continuity of baptismal traditions throughout the ages.
He explained that, to commemorate the place where Christ, peace be upon him, was baptized, the early Christians built one church after another after its destruction due to earthquakes and the floods of the Jordan River, as these churches were distinguished for being designed and built with exceptional geometric shapes in the lowest spot on earth and closest to the Jordan River in the east.
He pointed out that these churches were accurately described by travelers, pilgrims and historians throughout the ages, pointing out that some of these churches were built during the Islamic periods as a symbol and evidence of the harmony and equality between religions that we enjoy in Jordan from those days until the present day.
Regarding the latest rehabilitation work at the baptismal site, McGian said that the baptismal site authority’s management worked during the Corona pandemic to improve the site’s services, and among the most important rehabilitation and development works is the rehabilitation of a visitor center worthy of the site, through which visitors can learn about the religious and historical significance of the baptismal site.
And he indicated that the visitor center contains, in its new look, explanatory panels that talk about the story of the discovery of the site, and the importance of the ancient churches that were built in memory of the Baptism of Christ, Mar Elias Hill, Wadi Al-Kharrar, the pilgrims’ station, and part of the mosaic map located in the Church of St. George in Madaba, which is considered one of the most important Physical archaeological evidence of the baptismal site.
The visitor center also contains some paintings that talk about the most important visitors to the site, including clerics, heads of state and kings, and display cabinets of the most important archaeological finds that were found on the site during archaeological excavations.
And Makjian indicated that work has been done to rehabilitate the site to make it eligible for all categories of visitors and their needs, especially for people with disabilities and the elderly, and to develop public facilities and other services that are suitable for visitors to the site.

 

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