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Jordan Unveils Master Plan to Expand Jesus Christ’s Baptism Site

February 7, 2023

Jordan has launched a $100 million plan to expand the area of Bethany Beyond the Jordan, the kingdom’s sacred site that is believed to be where Jesus Christ was baptized.

The plan was revealed by a foundation that has been established by the Jordanian government to develop the Baptism Site’s area, which is located about 45 minutes away from the kingdom’s capital city of Amman. The expansion aims to attract 1 million Christian pilgrims to the site by 2030, which will mark the 2,000-year anniversary of Jesus’ baptism at the River Jordan.

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(Conceptual drawings of the Bethany Beyond the Jordan development, photo credit: MK Associates

The development of the area will feature a biblical village theme with local restaurants, simple accommodations, and eateries serving local organic food options. The plan will be broken down into two parts and upon completion the area will include a three-star hotel, restaurants, shopping area, museum, wellness center, and a nature sanctuary. Nine faith organizations, including the Baptist World Alliance, a network of Baptist churches around the globe, have been given the opportunity to build a place in the area to welcome pilgrims to the baptism site.

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(Conceptual drawings of the Bethany Beyond the Jordan development, photo credit: MK Associates

Today, the Baptism Site, which was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015, is an incredible place filled with immense biblical and historic importance, and the completion of the expansion project will certainly enrich the area even more.

By Leen Hajjar
Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar, born and raised in Amman, is JTBNA's blog editor. A recent graduate from Villanova University with a master's degree in Communication, Leen focuses on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. Her previous experience as a writer for Al Arabiya English, inspired stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

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