The Chapels of the Jordan River

Mark Prior

Elizabeth Park, Australia

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The chapels built on the eastern side of the river during the Byzantine period (5th-6th centuries AD) include three churches built over each other, and decorated with coloured mosaic and marble flooring. A marble staircase links the three churches with “John the Baptist Spring” at the spot where it flows into the River Jordan. A stone footing hosting a marble column with a metal cross on top is thought to be the actual baptism site of Jesus Christ according to different historians and travellers. A small channel and remnants of a stone arch near the river were built over the spot where Jesus Christ supposedly unrobed before entering the water to be baptised by John.

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