Machaerus (Hebrew: “Michvar”, Arabic: “Mukawir”, or Mukawer”), is a fortified hilltop east of the Dead Sea, originally built by the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus in about 90 BC. It 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). The arabic village near the site named “Muqawir” preserved the name of the ancient site, and various archaeological expeditions uncovered parts of the fort. 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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Machaerus is about 375 km SW of Amman and 35 Km SW of Madaba .
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A Presentation of Machaerus on “The Watchman” Show
Points of Interest in the Area
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