The Baptism Site at Bethany Beyond the Jordan (John 1:28) is one of
the most recent significant archaeological and religious discoveries. In
addition to its unique and spiritual and cultural aspects, the site
harbors some special natural values, which makes it a true eco-tourism
Bethany beyond the Jordan is considered a salt march wetland and part of a tributary of the larger flood plain of River Jordan. The Wetland features are Wadi Kharrar which is the major wadi system starting from the church running towards the River, and the Jordan River itself. The site contains many wetland flora such as cattails, reeds, papyrus; and fauna such as tree frog and marsh frog as well as several species of hydrophilic dragonflies, water beetles and some crustaceans.
In addition, a considerable number of migratory and wetland birds are recorded at the site. Birdlife International and Wetland International have both declared the whole Jordan River basin as significant bird and wetland areas; and many birds, mammals and reptiles within the site are on the IUCN Red List as regionally or globally threatened or endangered species.
Taking into account vegetation type and water availability, the Baptism site wetland ecosystem includes five distinguished habitats:
The Baptism Site at Bethany Beyond the Jordan has many values. Besides reflecting the diversity of the Jordanian tourism as an archeological, natural and religious site. The historical, spiritual and ecological significance necessitated a careful and comprehensive plan whereby the continuing and almost daily uncovering of new treasures was accompanied by the most through planning for the safety and preservation of the antiquities and the ecological system.
(JERASH - DECAPOLIS ERA - JORDAN - PETRA - WADI RUM - AQABA - THE DEAD SEA - MUJIB WILDLIFE RESERVE - DANA NATURE RESERVE - SHAUMARI NATURE RESERVE - AJLOUN NATURE RESERVE - AZRAQ WETLAND RESERVE - BIRD WATCHING - THE GULF OF AQABA - BETHANY BEYOND JORDAN)
EGYPT - LEBANON - SYRIA
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