Visiting Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee
Jesus leaves his town Nazareth after the attempt on his life and moves to the region of the Sea of Galilee. On his way to Capernaum he gathers his disciplines, chooses 12 of the nearest to him to be his apostles.
These are destined to spread his ideas. In the region of the Sea of Galilee many significant events and acts of wonder take place. To commemorate these important events several churches were built in this area.
Mount of Beatitudes
The church built on the Mount of Beatitudes commemorates the event of the Sermon of the Mount delivered by Jesus. The Sermon describes the reward to the devout for their humility.
This site is also a breathtaking vista point over the Sea of Galilee.
The Church of Loaves and Fishes
This church commemorates the wonder when by five loaves of bread and two fishes Jesus has fed thousands of believers. The church itself is very picturesque, with a splendid mosaic decorating the floor.
Nearby we find the Church of Primacy of Peter, a small and modest church almost touching the water. Here, according to the tradition Jesus gave Peter the second time the Key to the Kingdom of Heaven.
The next stop of Visiting Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee is the important and fundamental site of Capernaum. The site includes three sections: the church, the dwelling of Peter’s mother-in-law.
In the church Mass is pontificated. Underneath, in the dwelling, tradition holds that Jesus healed Peter’s mother-in-law. The third part, the ancient village is the site of the primordial and opulent synagogue of Capernaum.
The Miracle of the Swine
Another significant site to visit is Kursi where according to tradition the Miracle of the Swine took place.
In this area several other sites detailed in the following can be visited.
It is recommendable to close this trip at the baptism site “Yardenit”. The place is well organized, changing room is at disposal. Bring a personal towel and a baptismal ceremony can be arranged.
Additional attractive sites in this area:
The Church of the 12 Apostles – an impressive and ornate Orthodox church.
Magdala – reconstruction of a village from the time of Jesus
Domus Galilei – an imposing compound and a vast library that serves as a seminary for novices
The Yigal Alon House and the ancient boat from the time of Jesus
The Yarden Park
We can include in Visiting Christian Sites around the Sea of Galilee also a boat trip on the lake.
For the more adventurous tourist – an exciting and wet trip in the Zachi Delta. And/or a trek in nature so abundant in the region.
There is a possibility to include a jeep tour in the region and visit panoramic vista points.
Visit to Gamla Nature Reserve, including watching of eagles.
Visit in the Circassian village Kafr Kama and in its ethnic museum.
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