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Inside Jordan's plan to revamp the baptism site of Jesus

The $300 million project accompanying the Bethany beyond Jordan, includes a "tourist village" and two major phases starting in 2023 and ending in 2030.
Christian Orthodox worshippers arrive to take part in a baptism ceremony to celebrate Epiphany on the banks of the Jordan River, in what is believed to be the site of Jesus' baptism, near Jericho in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, on January 18, 2022. (Photo by ABBAS MOMANI/AFP via Getty Images)

AMMAN – The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan announced this month a seven-year-project to revamp the baptism site of Jesus christ located on the east bank of the Jordan River and visited annually by thousands of pilgrims. 

The $300 million project aims at creating a touristic village adjacent to “Bethany beyond the Jordan,” the baptism site, set to start in 2023 and go until 2030. It will be a reproduction of how life was almost 2,000 years ago, organizers say.

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