Photographer's Note

The Baptismal site - YARDENIT is situated at the Southern end of the Sea of Galilee, at the place where the Jordan River flows out of the Sea on its way down to the Dead Sea. Along with Capernaum, Mount of the Beatitudes and Tabgha, Bethsada, Kursi and Korazin, it is one of the most important sites in this area.

People come from all over the world to visit this unique site. The "Community Wall" welcomes the visitors at the entrance to Yardenit. It describes the Baptism of Jesus Christ with the text taken from the new Testament written by the Armenian artist Hagop Antreassian in both ancient and modern languages. One can also see links of a basalt pipe that were split from the "Bereniki Aqueduct" that used to run nearby. The Aqueduct was built in the 4th century during the Byzantine period; it carried water from the source of Yavniel to the old site of "Bet Yerach" and Tiberias.

Yardenit is a sacred holy area. Realizing the importance that the natural surroundings play in providing the peace and tranquility that Christian pilgrims look for when visiting the site, a path has recently opened allowing pilgrims to observe the natural flora and fauna alongside the Jordan River, enabling them to conduct services in the natural surroundings should they wish to do so.


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