The Baptism Site
Known as "Bethany beyond the Jordan" is situated a few hundred meters from the Jordan River. Excavations have uncovered 1st century AD settlement with plastered pools and water systems that were used almost certainly for baptism, a 5th - 6th century AD late Byzantine settlement with churches, a monastery and other structures probably catering to religious pilgrims. The place where John the Baptist lived and baptized Jesus, Bethany and other nearby places formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River and Mount Nebo. It is the location, directly opposite Jericho, where Joshua completed Moses' mission by miraculously crossing the Jordan River with his people (Joshua 3:14-17).
The area has also been identified as the spot where centuries later the prophets Elijah and Elisha divided the Jordan's waters 'to the right and left' and crossed to the east bank of the river and where the prophet Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven on a chariot of fire and horses of fire (2 Kings 2:5-14). Throughout history Bethany was known by several different names: Tell el-Kharrar, Tell Mar Elias, Bethabara, Ainon, Saphsaphas.
Known as The overwhelming biblical, archaeological, and historical evidence has led many religious leaders throughout the world to recognize this site as the authentic site of Jesus' baptism