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  • Writer's pictureRaz Tsafrir

The town of Jesus

Updated: Jun 18, 2020

The Sea of Galilee is the cradle of Christianity, and home for many Byzantine era archaeological findings. Jesus and several of his apostles fished these waters some 2,000 years ago. Here is where Jesus lived for 3 years, did miracles, fed the hungry, gave the Sermon on the Mount... In Ginosar you can see a real 2,000 years old fishing boat made of wood that was pulled out of the water in 1985. The Sea of Galilee is the largest fresh water reservoir of Israel, and has been so for thousands of years. Its north shores are filled with warm water and fishing is excellent there. This is why Jesus and his students chose this place as their home.

The Sea of Galilee is a sweet water lake, the largest fresh water reservoir in Israel, getting its water from the Golan and the Jordan river. While the north shores are the cradle of Christianity, the south shores of the lake are the cradle of the renewal of Zionism in the early 20th century. The Kinneret lake as we call it, offers aside of beautiful landscape, also these sites:

Capernaum - the city of Jesus, where he lived and performed miracles. Here also is Domus Ecclesia, Petrus statue and 5th century synagogue.

Several Christian sites in Tabgja: Church of the Loaves and Fish; Primacy of St. Peters.

Mount of Beatitudes, with its famous Barluzzi octagonal church; 

1st century  synagogue in Magdala where it is believed that Jesus prayed.

Minim, an 8th century Umayyad Palace. One of the only remains of this ancient Muslim dynasty in Israel.

Mt. Arbel, overlooking Tiberius, an ancient Roman city from the 1st century, and the Ottomans' hot springs.

The moon rises over the Golan and the Sea of Galilee. Around the Sea of Galilee are also several Jewish villages from the early 20th century. Here is where the "new Jew" was created, after 200 years of exile, one that worked during the day and guarded during the night. Agricultural farms were established in Kineret and Dganya. New forms of communities were created in Dganya Alef, and Bet. The Ottoman train station of Tzemah in the south of the Sea of Galilee was built in early 20th century and turned this remote area into a lively valley.

The region is known for its seafood restaurants, amazing sunsets, windsurf, and the burial site of Naomi Shemer, Israel's national poet. We visit most of these sites in all our tours as this is considered a "must-see" part of the country.

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