5 Sites from Jesus’ Time by the Sea of Galilee

On the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee (known in Israel as Lake Kinnerert) lies many important sites from the life of Jesus of Nazareth’s ministry. Back in 2010, I was able to visit all five of these sites in one day.

Church of the Beatitudes-

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The gorgeous church on it’s hillside perch

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The Beatitudes are displayed along the walkway

This Roman Catholic church is located on the traditional sight of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. I found it interesting that the church was commissioned in 196 by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. The church is built on the ruins of a fourth century Byzantine monastery, and is built with an octagonal floor plan, representing the eight beatitudes.

The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes-

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The church and it’s courtyard

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Mosaic Floor of the fishes and the loaves

This church is built on the spot where Jesus’ preformed the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. The church was completed in 1939, and site over the preserved ruins of both a 4th Century chapel and a 5th Century Byzantine Church.

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter-

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Famous statue overlooking the Sea of Galilee

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The church’s interior

Also located in Tabgha, this church commemorates the naming of Saint Peter as leader of the 12 Apostles. Like the Church of the Multiplication, is incorporates the ruins of earlier churches on the site.

Capernaum-

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The “House of Peter” below the modern church

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Ruins of the 4th Century Synagogue

Once a thriving fishing village of more than 1,000 residents, Capernaum is traditionally recognized as the home village of 5 of Jesus’ apostles, including Saint Peter. The site today includes the excavated remains of two ancient synagogues, one built right on top of the other. They were some of the largest synagogues built during that time. The site also includes a church which is built over the reported ruins of Saint Peter’s home.

Kursi-

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Ruins of the 6th Century Byzantine Monastery

Kursi is a historic site containing the ruins of the ancient city of Gergesa, the town where Jesus performed a miracle where he cast out a legion of demons into a herd of swine. The ruins on the site are that of a 6th Century Byzantine Monastery, built on this site to commemorate the miracle.

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