Machaerus - place of execution of S. John the Baptist

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Originally built by the Hasmonean priest-king Alexander Jannai, the Machaerus fortress is located to the east of the Dead Sea in Perea (Jewish Transjordan in the time of the Hasmoneans and of the Herods). According to the famous Jewish historian Josephus, this was where S. John the Baptist was imprisoned and then executed. Learn more about the fortress here.

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