Budget and Donations, Church of the Baptism of Jesus Christ

The planned church complex at the Baptism Site will cover an area of 30,000 square meters. It will comprise two main sections: a visitor center complex and a church complex.

The visitor center will be the point of entry for all visitors to the site and will provide state-of-the-art facilities, including a large car park and an electric cart shuttle service for physically challenged visitors. Inside the circular visitor center will be reception areas, audio visual theatres, a bookstore and gift shop, cafeteria and more.

“Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Mathew 3:3

A pathway is carved between two hills which together with the center forms the shape of the Staff of the Shepherd, and will lead visitors to the church complex. On the right is the Hill of the Cross, and the cross faces towards the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, where Jesus Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins.

The church complex is made up of the John the Baptist Piazza, which will welcome visitors to the discipleship of Jesus Christ. An arched passage has twelve stations with mosaic icons of the disciples and there are four gates, which represent the gospels and face north, south, east and west to welcome people from all nations.

The church itself will be adorned with biblical inscriptions, stained glass windows and mosaic art that depict the sacred events that took place at Bethany beyond the Jordan. Together with a monastery on either side, the church area forms the shape of a cross.

The built up areas of the church complex and visitor center are as follows:


Total Area of the Site

30000 m2

Built up areas of the Project

The Church
Basement, Ground Floor & Mezzanine 1,724 m2
The Sisters Monastery
Basement, Ground & First Floors 1,584 m2
The Priests Monastery
Basement, Ground & First Floors 1,584 m2
Chapels 1,026 m2

Total built up area of the Church Complex

5,918 m2

Visitors Center 2,583 m2
Guard & Substation 100 m2

Grand Total of Built Up Area

8,601 m2

Arches & Terraced Areas 7,686 m2
Access Roads And Paved Areas 6,235 m2
Car park Area 11,314 m2

Total Area of Complimentary Facilities

25,235 m2