Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist

Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist


Patron of Madaba and Jordan


On December 7, 1967, the Vatican recognized the historic Catholic Church in Madaba, belonging to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, as a Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist and urged visitors and pilgrims to visit the scared site.




Church Entrance Square


·         Church facades built with ancient stones.


·         Roman columns and Corinthian capitals.


·         Old traditional façade of the house of Ibrahim Twal.


Visitor Center


·         Chapel built in 1894 by Father Manfredi.


·         Exhibition of old photos of Madaba taken between 1902 – 1911.


·         Mosaic reproduction of the St. Stephan church in Um ar Rasas.


·         Pottery collection representing the civilizations of the area.


·         Gift Shop.




Acropolis Museum


·         Museum housed in ancient arched rooms.


·         Old Moabite well, about 3000 years old.


·         Grotto of the beheading of St. John the Baptist.


·         Place of vows.


·         Exhibit of the most significant Madaba Mosaics.




The Church


·         Offered its first Mass on Christmas Eve, 1913.


·         Paintings representing the life of St. John the Baptist from 1904.


·         Paintings made by a French artist called Robert Lapin, between 1959 – 1962.


·         Stained glass windows produced by Latroun Monks in 1958.


·         Mosaic over the main door of the church.


·         Classic arched basilica design.




The Bell Tower


The bell tower is the highest vantage point in Madaba, where the visitor can experience a wonderful panorama of Madaba and its surroundings.




 Mass Time


        Saturday 5:00 pm at winter time, 6:00 pm at summer time.


        Sunday 7:30am, 9:30 am and 6:00 pm.


The site is open for groups to have their own mass.




For other information call us on:


Tel:       +962 5 3244065


Mobile: +962 777 308159





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