The country of Jordan is hoping to draw a million Christians to the site where Jesus was believed to be baptized for its 2000th anniversary.  

"The extraordinary resonance of this landscape and the significance of that event in human history shakes you to the core," says John Booth, chairman of Britain's National Gallery in an interview

The 2000th anniversary of Jesus's baptism, according to Biblical records, will happen in 2029. The plans to create this area 31 miles west of the capital are suspected to take six years and are estimated to cost $100 million. 

"We wanted to provide pilgrims a chance to be able to spend quality time at the location of the baptism while respecting its spirituality and the UNESCO World Heritage Site conditions," says Sam Murad, chair of the new foundation created by the government. 

The plans for the area include recreating a Biblical village and was approved by Jordanian King Abdullah II. He hopes to preserve the rich history of the land. While the area will have an ancient feel, they will also build a village nearby with modern amenities such as restaurants, souvenir shops, walking trails, and botanical gardens.

"We will supply Arab-style tents and all sanitary services that will provide an authentic feeling," said Murad. "This allows us to be in concert with the theme yet at the same time provide housing at reasonable costs for pilgrims who want to spend spiritual time at this sacred location."

One of the architects of the new site, Kamel Mahadin, shares some of the details that will be involved. 

"We are talking about rustic stones and pebbles in architectural designs that preserve the place's pristine nature and ensure that the sanctity and spirituality that existed 2,000 years ago are not trampled on by any development."

The first phase, projected to cost $15 million, will be complete by 2023. 

"Our initial goal is to raise the needs for the first phase so that people can see and feel what we plan to do," says Murad.