Qasr el Yahud “Castle of the Jews”, is the official name of the baptism site in the Jordan River. The site and facilities are administered by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as part of an Israeli national park.
It is the traditional site of the baptism of Yeshua by John the Baptist (Matthew 3:13-17). It is also traditionally considered to be the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.
The modern site reopened in 2011. The restoration project was approved before the 2000 millennium. In 2000, Pope John Paul II landed at Qasr el Yahud in a helicopter and held private worship at the site.
By guided tour only