Bethany beyond the Jordan
After giving back the rented car in Amman, I decided to go to Bethany. I can not find public transportation so I do the last stretch of road on foot, after hitchhiking. Around there are scattered Bedouin camps.
Walking I come across a woman who returns to her camp:
Bedouin woman on donkey
She sees me, notes that I took photos to her so approaches and asks for a “tip” for the trouble. You can notice typical beduin tatoos on her face.
Tattooed bedouin woman
After a few kilometers I arrive at destination: the visitor center is well organized and although it is not a peak period there are many tourists.
Mosaic at visit center in Bethany
I’m in one of the holiest sites of Christianity, Bethany beyond the Jordan, called Bethabara in antiquity: according to the Gospels here Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.
The site of Jesus' baptism
The Jordan river
There is a curiosity about this mystical place: according to the scriptures there is another place with the same name, which was little more than a village near Jerusalem, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus raised.
And one last touch of color: Israelis believe that Jesus was baptized on the other river-side, that is … in Israeli territory (the Jordan River is the border between Israel and Jordan). On the background of the next picture you can see the flags with the Star of David:
dokk on the Jordan