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Church of St John the Baptist

Prs. Haya St., Madaba 17110, Jordan
+962 5 324 4065
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Wonderful accidental find

I was in Madaba on an organized tour, and this trip was not part of our itinerary. It should have... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
ryansdavis
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Burbank, California
Much more than we expected

The church was built on the summit of the old town around 1910-13 directly on the ruins of an older... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
T-SGlobetrotters
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Preston, Lancashire
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On December 7, 1967 the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in Madaba, belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as a Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and urged visitors and pilgrims to visit this sacred site.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bell tower” (80 reviews)
“great view” (11 reviews)
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Prs. Haya St., Madaba 17110, Jordan
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+962 5 324 4065
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"ancient tunnels"
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"great view"
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"surrounding countryside"
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"quick visit"
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"entrance fee"
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"mosaic map"
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"worth a visit"
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"floor mosaic"
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"small museum"
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"jordan river"
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"underground"
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"bells"
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was in Madaba on an organized tour, and this trip was not part of our itinerary. It should have been! Other members of my group find it while wandering during a free afternoon, and I had time the next morning before I had to...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The church was built on the summit of the old town around 1910-13 directly on the ruins of an older church and is now the oldest church in Madaba where religious rites have been performed without interruption. There are several different parts of the tour....More

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

Do not spend too much time at the overcrowded church of St Georges and keep your time for the great St Jean church. It has a great collection of pictures of the city from the beginning of the century who show the life as it...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

This church was in the middle of nowhere but so beautiful inside, and right next to the Jordan River. You can buy a white robe for the baptism, if you like.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Charming church with a friendly volunteer who tells you every story you wanna hear. Nice bell tower with view on town and cellar in the church that needs a visit.

Thank Paul V
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

The cathedral isn't very impressive, but has been built over ancient ruines of Mohabic, Roman and Byzantine ages, and you can have a very cheap trip under its basement to see them. Don't forget to go up the bell tower and see the best panorama...More

Thank Luca C
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

This is a nice church to visit when in Madaba. There's a small exhibit on the re-population of the city at the end of the 19th century, a church with a cool underground part and a view of the city from the bell tower. The...More

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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Modern Madaba is a young city, approx 100 years old. So this churchsite is one of the oldest parts of town, dating back to Antiquity. The church itself is young, Roman Catholic, and less interesting. The reason for coming here are the millenia old catacomps...More

Thank Stine D
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

This was a powerful experience. The grounds keeper was very helpful. I went alone and with no guide but it was worth it. I can't express how powerful it is. The small catacombs was an unexpected plus.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Its interesting due to history , undergound to see many archeological sites , tower,with city view ... This is special place to learn also history of catholics

Thank firma8
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