Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist



Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist is located In the Latin Monastery in Madaba, and it is conceder one of the oldest ancient churches in the Kingdom.


Church of the Beheading of John the Baptist

 is located In the Latin Monastery in Madaba, and it is conceder one of the oldest ancient churches in the Kingdom. Although, this place don't on the tourist map as a destination for tourists and it should be on.

This is a famous catholic church that was built in the 20th century. The facade of this church is made of antique stone, and if you go down toward the basement of the church, you can find a well from the Moab era that has been in operation for 3,000 years.

john the baptist head

The church chapel consists of a visitor center where you can see ancient relics and art engraved on the walls. A mosaic panel has been placed near the main entrance to the ticket office, and after going up some stairs, you will see a huge observation deck overlooking the city of Madaba.

the church was considered the first beacon of education and a platform for culture and creativity in the Kingdom, through the establishment of the first theater on the land of the monastery in the year 1918, which calls for making a history of this important site.

The shrine of the Church of “Beheading John the Baptist” in the Latin Monastery is one of the oldest churches in the Kingdom, which has held religious rites since the sixteenth century until now, according to the church site supervisor Nader Al-Yacoub.

Inside the church, according to Al-Yacoub, there is a museum consisting of a room with ancient arched arches, a cave that beheaded John the Baptist, and another room called the place of vows, then the church bell tower in a higher place in Madaba. He says that in the shrine of the church there are many drawings, frescoes, and carvings that represent the life of John the Baptist.

The church also contains the "Acropolis of the Castle", which consists of old cellars and an old Moabite well that is still filled with water, descending to it with a special staircase and several monuments located under the building of the church, which was used in the past as a temple, a school, and a priest's house.