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Baptism Site (Qasr el Yahud)

Baptism siteQasr el-Yahud (Arabic “The crossing [place] of the Jews”) marks by Christian tradition the place of several Biblical events: The site of the Baptism of Jesus, the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River   to enter the promised land, and the place of the asension of Elijah to heaven.

tour to baptism siteThe site was a popular destinations of Christian pilgrims in the Byzantine and Crusaders period, and in 2010 it was finally re-opened to the Public.

Near the baptism site one can also visit Deir Hajla /Gerasimus Monastery , the Laura of Gerasimus , and go for a swim at the Dead Sea .




Qasr el Yahud

Qasr el Yahud ( Arabic: قصر اليهود‎; also Kasser/Qasser al-Yahud/Yehud etc.; lit. “Castle of the Jews”, Hebrew: קאסר אל יהוד‎) is the official name of a baptism site in the Jordan River Valley in the West Bank.The site and facilities, under Israeli occupation, are administered by the Israeli Civil Administration and the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as part of a national park.



tripadvisor The Baptism Site on Tripadvisor

Points of Interest in the Area

 dead sea swim Dead Sea
 jericho cable car Jericho
Tour to Saint George Monastery Saint George Monastery

Book a Private Tour to the Baptism Site (Qasr el Yahud)

The Baptism site of Qasr el Yahud is in near Jericho. It is about 1 hour drive from Jerusalem,  and takes about 1 hour to explore.

Since I only offer full day tours, I recommend to contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of Jerusalem, that will also include the Baptism site.