It is officially known as the Baptism Site "Bethany Beyond the Jordan" (Al-Maghtas). It is considered to be the original location of the Baptism of Jesus Christ. Located about 53 km from Amman and can be reached via the Dead Sea road.
Bethany is home to two main sites, the remnants of a monastery on a mound known as Jabal Mar-Elias as well as an area close to the river with remains of churches, baptism ponds and pilgrim and hermit dwellings.
You can also see the eleven Byzantine churches, five baptismal pools from the Roman and Byzantine periods, caves of monks and hermits, lodges for pilgrims and in addition to all this a wealth of medieval accounts of pilgrims and travelers to the area.