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Machaerus, Madaba

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#5 of 8 in Historic Sites in Madaba
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Landmark
Machaerus (Μαχαιροῦς, from Ancient Greek: μάχαιρα, lit. 'Makhaira' (a sword); Arabic: ِقلعة مكاور‎ Qal'atu Mkawer; Hebrew: מכוור‎ Mikwar ) is a fortified hilltop palace located in Jordan 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the mouth of the Jordan river on the eastern side of the Dead Sea. According to Flavius Josephus, it is the location of the imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist. According to the chronology of the Bible (Mark 6:24; Matthew 14:8), this infamous execution took place in about AD 32 shortly before the Passover, following an imprisonment of two years. The site also provides the setting for four additional New Testament characters: Herod the Great; his son, Tetrarch Herod Antipas; his second wife, Princess Herodias, and her daughter, Princess Salome.
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  • In late 2020, the site wasn’t properly marked on Google Maps. We stopped a few hundred meters beforehand and were thankful we did. Not only would a vehicle without AWD not make it back up the hill...  more »
  • The ruins are minimal and sparse (they are still excavating) but the view is breathtaking and you will probably share the place just with a handful of people ( we were alone for most of our visit...  more »
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  • Well... Views from the hill are great, but ruins? Hmm... the two columns you can see from the car park are almost all what's left there.
  • palace located in Jordan 25 km (16 mi) southeast of the mouth of the Jordan river on the eastern side of the Dead Sea. According to Flavius Josephus, it is the location of the imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist.[1] According to the chronology of the Bible (Mark 6:24; Matthew 14:8), this infamous execution took place in 32 AD shortly before the Passover, following an imprisonment of two years. The site also provides the setting for four additional New Testament characters: Herod the Great; his son, Tetrarch Herod Antipas; his second wife, Princess Herodias, and her daughter, Princess Salome.[2]

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