Yardenit is the traditional Christian site for baptism and it is believed that Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist near this spot.
The site is located on the banks of the Jordan River - or River Jordan if you're a Brit - not far from where it flows out of the Sea of Galilee southwards towards the Dead Sea. In this beautiful peaceful setting, surrounded by trees, groups of pilgrims wearing white robes stand in the water waiting to receive blessings from their priest or minister.
The Visitors Centre, which is run by nearby Kibbutz Kinneret, includes a souvenir shop, a restaurant, showers, changing rooms and several baptismal pools.
At the entrance, you will see the "Wall of New Life" which continues until the baptismal pools. The wall depicts a bible verse from the New Testament (Mark 1:9-11), which tells about the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. Each section of the wall shows the verse translated into a different language.
The wall was created by an Armenian artist from Jerusalem, Hagop Antreassian. It is called the "Wall of New Life" because Christians believe that baptism changes your life and brings you spiritually closer to Jesus, and so you become a "new person".
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