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  Aerial view of the site of Bethany
by TheWanderingCamel

An important archaeological site was discovered recently close to the Dead Sea. The discoveries included a Byzantine monastery; several smaller churches, chapels, monks' hermitages, caves, and cells; a large Byzantine church complex adjacent to the Jordan River; an impressive ceramic pipeline bringing water to Bethany beyond the Jordan from several kilometres to the east; a large plastered pool and adjacent chapel halfway between the Bethany settlement and the Jordan River; and a pilgrims' rest station and caravanserai east of Bethany, on the route to Mount Nebo.

This site was identified as the Biblical Bethany, where Martha and Mary lived, and where John the Baptist baptised Jesus. This identification was officially recognised in 2000 when it was visited by Pope John Paul II.

The site is a large one, covering several square kilometers. the principal part of it is the Tell, also called "Elijah's Hill"), where you can see several churches, three caves and three baptismal pools, together with the water supply, of channels leading from the two wells.

Address: Posted by Lulu
Directions: Bethany is in Wadi Kharrar, a small stream flowing into the River Jordan not far from the Allenby Bridge.

The entrance fee is 5JD. There is at the moment no public transport to this important site, but excursions can easily be arranged from Madaba.

othercontact: www.jordanjubilee.com
Phone: Visitors' Centre 05 359 0360
Website: http://visitjordan.com

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  • Updated Jun 15, 2005
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