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These bicycles were seen in the area where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The muddy looking water behind the two palm trees, is the river Jordan. The river is not running strongly, isn't very wide, not so deep and is muddy. Not what I believe most people imagine, who have never seen the river.


This side of the river is the west bank and is in the so-called West Bank area of Israel. Most of this area was formerly known as Samaria. On the other side of the river is the east bank which is in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (referred to as Jordan). The reeds grow in Jordan and that building is some orthodox church in Jordan.



comments (14)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Mar 2016, 04:29
This is a wonderful picture of 'two worlds'. In my imagination the Jordan river was not muddy. Great view of the church in between the trees. I think the bikes do a good job in the hilly country.
Louis: The area on the Israeli side, is mostly dessert, which I will show more of in the coming week. You are right about the hilly country as well.
What a wonderful and mystical image Louis!
Louis: That is quite the case, I thought, thank you Richard
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 11 Mar 2016, 06:28
All the paintings I have seen show the Jordan as deep and wide, and certainly not muddy
Louis: There are 2000 year between the paintings' idea of what it looked like and today. But somehow, I believe that not much has changed, Lisl.
To see all this now, with new eyes, changes the story, Louis, doesn't it!
Louis: There are so many things to consider, Ginnie. A reed bank like in the picture, could have been where Moses was hidden on the Nile.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2016, 06:54
I never saw bikes in Israel- what for a beautiful church!
Louis: I did see many bikes and bikes like these are rented to tourists for a number of routes, Philine.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Mar 2016, 06:54
My mother was baptized with real Jordan water.
Louis: Not too clean, then, Philine.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Mar 2016, 07:06
A lovely image of a significant spot Louis
Louis: Thank you Chris.
It is not what I would have imagined at all
Louis: A lot of people visit it, to be baptised. Quite interesting, all the stuff that goes on here.
Nothing like Piero della Francesca's painting of the Baptism of Christ Louis, but then he had not been there or seen photographs of it.
Louis: Directly along the river bank there is some growth. All of this is situated in an area that can better be described as desert.
Oh, the site of so much unhappiness and war in the world.
Louis: The West Bank - indeed. That was another interesting part of the visit.
An interesting contrast!
As Tom says, Louis, quite a contrast. Some impressive looking bikes there.
So much history here...
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2016, 14:04
It does lead me to wondering how a present-day Jesus might travel to the baptism, Louis.

I recently asked Mawin to write a 250 word essay on "If Buddha was found to be living in our Village today...".
Louis: He did travel by foot, boat and donkey - so probably wouldn't have been adverse to using modern modes of travel.
So, what did Mawin write?

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