Yardenit is situated on the banks of the Jordan River, at the Southern tip of the Sea of Galilee. Each year we welcome over half a million tourists and pilgrims, who come to experience the tranquility and spiritual beauty of the waters in which Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus practiced and preached across this part of the Holy Land which hosts a plethora of sites with biblical significance.
Yardenit provides pilgrims and tourists with modern comforts in the biblical setting of the Holy Land, offering a serene and spiritual setting for those wishing to baptize in the River Jordan:
“In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when he came up out of water, immediately he saw the heavens opened and the Spirit descending upon him like a dove, and a voice came from heaven; ‘Thou art my beloved Son, with thee I am well pleased.” Mark 1:9-11
Visitors to Yardenit are greeted by this very verse from Mark’s account of the baptism of Jesus in over 80 languages and dialects, depicted in hand painted tiles by Armenian artist Hagop Antreassian on the Wall of New Life.
Entry to the site is free. Visitors may rent or purchase white baptism robes on site. There are quiet areas for group prayers and contemplation. We take pride in respecting the religious sensitivities of all our visitors. The river banks themselves retain their pastoral landscapes, with rich greenery and wildlife. Otters and fish swim freely in the river.
The site has handrails and wheelchair-accessible ramps leading into the river. The waters are constantly monitored for quality and safety.
Over the years, Yardenit has welcomed many well known personalities, entertainers, religious leaders and leading politicians. An olive grove has been planted by some of these special visitors to commemorate their visit and to honor their communities and supporters can be found at the site.
The Yardenit gift shop holds a wide range of spiritual gifts, local products from the banks of the River Jordan; holy water, stones from the river bed, a range of Christian iconography, Christian Bookstore, religious artifacts, and other souvenirs from Israel. Some of these items are also available online at the Yardenit web-store. If you would like to purchase an item that you have seen at the store during your visit but can not find it online, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to check on availability.