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Machaerus

machaerus michvarIt was later re-used by the Herodian Family, and in 32 CE it was the site where John the Baptist was beheaded by Herod Antipas, after a seductive dance by Salome (Mark 6, Mat. 14; Ant. 18.5.2).

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machaerus architectural remainsThe arabic village near the site named “Muqawir” preserved the name of the ancient site, and various archaeological expeditions uncovered parts of the fort.

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salmoe dance macahaerus

renactment of Salome dance at Machaerus.. The dacne that led to the execution of John the Baptist

Although the finds are not so remarkable, that fact John the baptist was executed at this hilltop makes it one of the most important site in Christian history.

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Points of Interest in the Area

Madaba
  Mount Nebo
  Iraq Al-Amir

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