Qasr el Yahud is the recent official name of a baptism site in the Jordan River Valley. It is the western part of the traditional site where the New Testament narrative of the baptism of Jesus took place. According to other traditions, it is also the place where the Israelite crossed the Jordan River and Elijah the Prophet ascended to heaven.[
The site is located in the West Bank, a little southeast from Jericho. It includes marble steps that descend into the Jordan River as well as ruins of Byzantine and Crusader churches. The site reopened in 2011 after being closed for 44 years. The restoration project was approved before the 2000 millennium celebrations but was delayed due to the Second Intifada and flooding in the region in 2003. It is administered by the Israeli Civil Administrationand the Israeli Ministry of Tourism.