Yardenit
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Yardenit, the Baptismal site on the Jordan River, welcomes pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, to experience the beauty of Baptism or Re-Dedication in the pristine waters of the Jordan River. Entrance to the site is free. Yardenit offers separate Baptismal pools along the river, enabling pilgrims to comfortably conduct private worship ceremonies of Baptism or Re-dedication, in accordance with their particular beliefs and tradition.
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David G
Gedera, Israel1,413 contributions
Aug 2023
The last time I was at Yardenit was around 25 years ago , and it was interesting to see if anything had changed in the meantime .
Gone are the photographers that had accompanied the groups from all over the world to this amazing place , replaced by worshippers brandishing smart-phones on selfie sticks , but the "vibe" was still there !! .
Highly recommended , but choose the day of your visit carefully , some days the place is packed , other days , mainly empty .
The gift shop sells souveniers at " tourist prices" , but if this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience , then "splashing out" might be your only option .
I have included pictures from my last visit , way back in 1998 for comparison

BTW , There was a wheelchair lift to allow access to the Jordan river ( not sure if it was working though )
Written 23 August 2023
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Claudia A
Northville, MI3 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
Yardenit. The place is beautiful and peaceful. But more like a business than the real meaning of the place, everything is something for sale.
Written 14 July 2023
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JAB1021
Philadelphia, PA18 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
We visited this site on our trip to Israel and 3 of our 6 family members were baptized. Many others in the group we were with were also baptized. It was a joyful experience! Everything was well organized. Price was $15 per person and included the required gown, a towel and shower. Make sure you have a bathing suit for under the gown, they are see through when wet! They have liquid soap dispensers in the shower area, which are private stalls. They also have one hair dryer, and I was able to use it without waiting in line! There is 2 gift shops for those who waited for us to change after the baptism. I would recommend this experience.
Written 1 July 2023
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Hugo W
London, UK432 contributions
May 2023 • Friends
Not sure whether this is the real place as mentioned in the Bible, others claim, that the actual place is closer to Jericho. Be that as it may, this place is full of Tourists, with one coach after the other bringing in tourists. Not entirely sure what to make out of this, at least the entry is free.
Written 4 June 2023
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Brenda S
Auckland Central, New Zealand42 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We were told this is where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist : the facilities here are well set up for the tourists and those who want to submerge themselves in the filthy water. You can buy white printed gowns rent towels shower and change. Tourists are delivered by the bus load to this site but honestly there is no way I would trust that water quality as being safe enough. Scripture also supports another site in Judea as the actual spot- just saying.
Written 5 April 2023
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Gr8Gem8
Santa Clarita, CA14 contributions
Mar 2023
It was such a spiritual experience to be baptized at the Jordan River. We didn’t have our own pastor or minister, but we were welcomed by a group of Catholics from Tennessee, USA, thanks to our tour guide Enrique from Compass Israel who spoke with them.
Written 28 March 2023
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RohanChristian
Ahmedabad, India184 contributions
Nov 2022
the place for baptism. lots of pilgrims taking baptism at designated points. well maintained and well organised. a definate place to visit during the tour of the holy land.
Written 28 January 2023
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Allie H
Lincoln, CA175 contributions
May 2022
This site is located at the exit of the Jordan River from the Sea of Galilee. We knew prior to visiting that this was not the "actual" site where Jesus was baptized.

Not knowing what to expect before we traveled I had contacted the staff for help in arranging a visit and Catholic baptism. The staff sent me a lengthy explanation of the "Do's and Dont's" for a visit, which was very helpful. The nicest part of the pre-visit information was a list of priests and other clergy with their contact information because if you aren't part of a tour you have to make your own arrangements for baptism. Expect to make a donation to whichever clergy you choose for drive time and sermon.

Our Catholic priest made the moment so special. He had prepared a sermon for our unique circumstances and spent time offering us a snippet of all the history surrounding the area.

As some of the other reviewers have stated, watching the emotions on the faces of the others receiving baptism was cool.

Yes, there is a large concession area which we can all do without, but the grounds were quiet and all in all I would recommend this as a stop for any traveler.
Written 11 January 2023
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Roslyn P
4 contributions
Oct 2022
It was great to visit again. Was there 12 years ago when one of our company was baptised. This time we viewed quite a few baptisms taking place especially a group of very young people.
Written 23 November 2022
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Busker999
Tonbridge, UK963 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Beautiful river but the show is those being baptised and how special it is for them. It's very humble to watch. Massive shop unsurprisingly.
Written 8 November 2022
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