Baptismal Site at the River Jordan
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL) is pleased to represent one of the many Christian denominations given land by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
The Lutheran Pilgrim Center at Bethany Beyond Jordan is a place of worship and dialogue, of meditation and study, of listening and learning. The focus is on the spiritual, historical, political and ecological aspects of the place.
Artwork at the altar was created by renowned artist Håkon Gullvåg.
Tours, worship services, baptisms, and church visits can be arranged with the deacon.
A full tour (minimum of 3 hours) can be arranged for 100 JOD per group. The tour includes a visit to the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan, as well as a tour of the grounds, including the first century ruins of a monastery believed built at the site where Jesus was baptized. For an extra costs, snacks can be provided.
To organize your pilgrimage, contact Chaplain/Deacon Jonas Bodin at Jonas.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operating Hours and Entrance Fees
Winter: (Nov.1 – April 1)8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Last entry 3:00 pm)
Summer: (April 2 – Oct.31)8:00 a.m – 6:00 p.m (Last entry 5:00 pm)
Entrance Fee to the Baptismal Site: 12 JOD per person
Good will donations are accepted for visits to the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan.
For groups looking to spend more time at the Baptismal Site and who are looking for accommodation, there are a number of options to choose from:
Russian Pilgrim House: This hotel is located directly behind the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan. The hotel includes a restaurant, free wifi, air conditioning, as well as being located a short walk from the Jordan River.
Dead Sea – Sweimeh: Just a fifteen minute drive from the Baptismal Site, a number of hotels – from economic to luxury – dot the edge of the Dead Sea.
Madaba: A 40-minute taxi ride from the Baptismal Site, this area features the oldest known map of the Holy Land. From this area, a taxi to the Baptismal Site would cost 30 JOD.
Amman: A 50-minute taxi ride from the Baptismal Site, Amman is the capital city of Jordan with everything from budget to luxury hotels available. From this area, a taxi to the Baptismal Site would cost 30 JOD.
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