Jordan river moving its title as baptismal area, UNESCO recently designated the Christian site of pilgrimage, listed under World Heritage site.
The UN cultural agency declared this month that the east riverbank ‘is believed to be’ where Jesus was baptised, but the decision is being questioned by some scholars.
Situated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan, nine kilometres north of the Dead Sea, the archaeological site consists of two distinct areas: Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river.
UNESCO has added 27 new sites to its World Heritage list in 2015, including 24 cultural sites, two natural sites and one mixed site.
Over the Israeli-run site of Qasr al-Yahud in the West Bank, which is one of three territories captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war.
Qasr al-Yahud remains under full Israeli military occupation.
Among the list of World Heritage site, Singapore Botanical Gardens, sites in China, Iran, and Mongolia are also inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
Jordan river moving title as baptismal site, as being of special cultural or physical significance, according to UNESCO Baptism Site Commission.
Trust” to keep “the world’s superb natural and scenic areas and historic sites for the present and the future of the entire world citizenry”.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature developed similar proposals in 1968, and they were presented in 1972 to the United Nations conference on Human Environment in Stockholm.
Under the World Heritage Committee signatory countries are required to produce and give periodic data reporting providing the World Heritage Committee with an overview of each participating nation’s implementation of the World Heritage Convention and a “snapshot” of current conditions at World Heritage properties. Image Credit / TimesofIsrael.Com