John the Baptist and Prodromos church is a small complex in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem’s old city, owned by the Greek-Orthodox church. It is unclear whether the church was built already built in the 5th century, but it was in use by the Crusaders in the 12th century.
During renovations of the church in the 19th several sanctified artifacts were uncovered. One was identified as a piece of John the Baptist’s skull. That relic is on display at the center of the church to this day. In 2018 the wall paintings inside the church were renewed, giving its Byzantine style interior a vivid and colorful appearance.
Visiting the Church of John the Baptist and Prodromos church
The Church is in the heart middle of Christian Road, the main street of the Christian Quarter. It is usually not open to the public, but with a local guide it can be arranged to open it for a visit. Best is to combine a visit to the church in a day tour of Jerusalem that will include other highlights of Jerusalem’s old city.