The Jordan Valley has profound meaning for religious travellers. The area opposite Jericho has been identified for nearly two millennia as the area where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. Stunning archaeological discoveries between the Jordan River and Tall Al-Kharrar since 1996 have identified this area as biblical “Bethany Beyond the Jordan,” where John was living when he baptized Jesus. Tall Al-Kharrar’s other name, Tall Mar Elias (“St. Elijah’s Hill”), is reminiscent of the Prophet Elijah, who ascended to heaven from here.