|Qasr al-Yahud||Arabic||قصر اليهود|
|Qasr al-Yahud||Hebrew||קאסר אל יהוד|
|Monastery of John The Baptist||English|
The Byzantine Ruins of the Church of John the Baptist (Qasr al-Yahud) are located near to the Jordan River. The church was located adjacent to a pilgrimage site where, according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This site is also traditionally identified as the site where the ancient Israelites first crossed into the "Promised Land" (Joshua 3) - hence the reason for the Arabic name of al-Yahud ("of the Jews").
The Maronite Chronicle states that the Monastery of John The Baptist (Mār John aka Qasr al-Yehud) was destroyed by an earthquake
around 660 CE -
uprooted from its foundations.