Stairs that lead up from the Prison of John the Baptist/ Nabi Yahya in Sebastia 2/2
There have been many different places in the Jordan Valley that have claimed to be the site of John the Baptist's prison and burial site. However, most biblical traditions point to the authentic burial site being in the roman village of Sebastia, where he was also imprisoned.
In the Bible, John the Baptist was killed due to Herod's suspicion that he might be Jesus, who had risen from dead and he was ordered to be decapitated. Once he was beheaded, he was buried in his prison. Later on, when the Persians conquered Palestine, they burnt the grave and the remains of John the Baptist. The remaining bones were secretly transferred to Jerusalem where his remains lay in rest now.
The politicalization of this site is what was very interesting as Israel has basically convinced the international world that John the Baptist was never buried here, and this was a Palestinian propaganda, even though Sebastia had been reported to be the authetic site of his prison since the 4th century. Israel and their intelligence agency have altered history many times and this is one of the instances where they've done that but the locals of the village keep the tradition alive and maintained by advertising their village as the burial site of John the Baptist..
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