Christian sites around the Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee (Kinneret)
The Sea of Galilee (also called by its Old Testament name –
Kinneret) is a freshwater lake in northern Israel’s Galilee region. On the
eastern shore is the Golan Heights mountain range and on the western shore is
Tiberias the largest city on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of
Galilee is also a vacation and recreation destination with many beaches, camp
grounds, hotels and watersport opportunities.
The Kinneret is mentioned in the Old Testament but appears
more prominently in the New Testament. Jesus lived in the Galilee for several
years during his ministry when he travel between the small settlements on the
shore of the lake and in the surrounding hills preaching the word of G_d. Jesus
recruited his apostles from the lakeside villages; gave the Sermon on the Mount
at the Mt. of Beatitudes that overlooks the sea and walked on water at the Sea
Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee began as a small fishing village
during the Hashmonean dynasty. It is mentioned in all four of the Gospels as
the hometown of St. Simon Peter, James, Andrew and John. Jesus is said to have
taught in the synagogue, cured a Roman Centurion’s servant and cured a
possessed man. Today the village is known for the archaeological discovery of
two synagogues built on the same site during different periods. Today visitors can see the ancient ruins of
Capernaum within an excavation site where there is also a Late Roman synagogue
and the Octagonal-shaped church built above the excavated house of St.
For details, routs and opening hours of the Kfar Nahum (Capernaum) National Park see the Israel Nature and Parks Authority website.
In the region of Tabgha, on the northern shore of the Sea of
Galilee, lies the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, the
traditional site of the food multiplication story found in all four gospels. The
church is most famous for a mosaic of loaves and fishes from the original
mid-third century church.
Also located in Tabgha is the site where
Jesus appeared to his disciples after his
resurrection. Here Jesus bestowed on Peter preeminence over the church (Church
of St Peter’s Primacy).
The name Tabgha is a variation on its ancient Greek name,
Heptapegon, meaning "seven springs.”
Mount of Beatitudes
The Mount of Beatitudes overlooks the Sea of Galilee and
today is crowned with a beautiful church. The mount is between Capernaum
and Tabgha and overlooks the fields of Gennesaret. It was on the slopes of this
mount that Jesus is believed to have given the Sermon on the Mount. The church
we see today was built in the 1930s and designed by renowned architect Antonio
Ancient Fisherman's boat (Jesus boat), Ginosar
The Jesus Boat or Galilee Boat is the name given to an
ancient fishing boat discovered in the Sea of Galilee and now on display at the
Yigal Allon Museum at Kibbutz Ginosar on the edge of the Sea of Galilee. The
boat was found by chance in 1986 when Israel was experiencing a drought and the
water-level of the Sea of Galilee had dropped dramatically.
The boat existed at a time when Jesus was living in the
Galilee. Fishing boats on the Sea of Galilee are mentioned 50 times in the
Bible including an occasion when Jesus went out onto the water in one of these
fishing boats. No one can prove whether or not this is the actual boat that
Jesus sailed in but it was definitely a boat of the same kind that existed
during the same period.
If you are interested in visiting the The Ancient Boat at the museumplease contact us by phone: +972-4-672-7700 or by emaill:
Yardenit Baptism Site
The Book of Matthew does not describe where
exactly Jesus was baptized by John and there are different traditions. Some
believe that Jesus was baptized in the Galilee where Yardenit is today; others
consider Al-Maghtas on the Jordanian side as the true site and others hold Qasr
el Yahud near Jericho to be the true baptismal site. However all traditions
agree that the baptism took place at some point in the Jordan River.
Yardenit is one of the traditional sites
where Jesus could have been baptized. At Yardenit, where the Sea of Galilee
flows into the southern Jordan River, steps and hand rails have been provided
so that Christian pilgrims can be baptized in the Jordan River safely.
Yardenit Baptism site website: https://www.yardenit.com/about-us/
The Jesus Trail
The Jesus Trail™ is a 65-kilometer hiking
trail in the Galilee region of Israel which connects important sites from the
life of Jesus as well as other historical and religious sites. The Jesus Trail™
offers an alternative for travelers and pilgrims to experience the steps of
Jesus in a way that is authentic, adventurous and educational by hiking through
the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Galilee in Israel.
The main Jesus Trail™ hiking route is 65km
and begins in Nazareth and passes through Zippori National Park, Cana, Ilaniya,
Kibbutz Lavi, the Horns of Hattin, Nebi Shu’eib, Arbel National Park, Migdal,
the Jesus Boat at Kibbutz Ginosar, Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, and
Link to "Jesus Trail" website – https://jesustrail.com/