Yardenit: The Baptismal Site Not to Miss
Baptism is a holy ritual that all Christians take seriously. Even non-affiliated followers will often baptize their children for the sake of tradition, family, and, well, just in case. For this reason, baptism sites are popular tourist attractions for traveling Christians, and Yardenit is one of the two most frequently visited baptism sites in the entire world. If you are planning a trip to the Middle East this year, you’re going to want to put this location on your top ten list of must-stop spots, and here’s why.
Yardenit is Born
Yardenit, also known as Yardenit Baptism Site, is situated along the Jordan River, comfortably nestled in the upper Galilee section of Israel. Located right near the Kvutzat Kinneret, Yardenit became the most popular baptism site after the Six Day War. Before that time, the Qasr el Yahud was the most frequented baptism site. This is said to be the place where Jesus himself was baptized, and so understandably holds tremendous significance for religious Christians.
After the war, this area was returned to Israel, and the Ministry of Tourism dedicated Yardenit as a commemorative area for Qasr el Yahud, marking a safe and beautiful location where pilgrims could come and appreciate the reverence of the area without security concerns or territorial battles.
Yardenit Baptism Site Today
Today this center has become a popular tourist site and houses several attractions such as a gift shop, rich olive grove, and an impressive newly constructed amphitheater where lectures and musical performances are held throughout the year. Each year close to 500,000 tourists visit the center. Of course, the highlight of the area is the collection of baptismal pools where groups flock by the hundreds to partake in this holy ceremony in the very same waters Jesus was baptized in centuries ago.
Wall of New Life
This exhibit is an expression of universal unity and marks the true message Jesus attempted to convey through all his teachings. The wall consists of various connected panels, each one displaying the passage from Mark explaining the baptism of Jesus in a different language. There are 80 panels in total, symbolizing the universality of the Christian faith and love.
This is just one of the baptism sites you can find along your Christian pilgrimage through the Middle East. Discover Yardenit along with the many other natural, cultural, and religious wonders that Israel has to offer when you visit the Holy Land this year.