Sea of Galilee Tour – Maps, Facts and Pictures
One of the most sacred areas for worldwide Christians, pilgrims and Crusaders is The Sea of Galilee, Lake Kineret. The Galilee area (in the northern part of the Holy Land) was Jesus Christ base for his famous miracles, teachings and activities along with his disciples and ministries. The Galilee area turned to be a key part in Jesus’s mature life, especially after an incident when the citizens of Nazareth (his hometown) were furious when they heard Jesus’s preaching in Nazareth’s synagogue and tried to throw him off the cliff.
“All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way”. (Luke 4:28-30)
Sea of Galilee – Daily optional Tour and top sacred sites:
Jesus boat, Ginosar:
The Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Ginosar (according to Titus Flavius Josephus the famous 1st century Romano-Jewish historian) are famous thanks to an amazing discovery related to Jesus’s life time. On 1986 two brothers wandering the Lake Kineret (Sea of Galilee) shore on Ginosar area found an old ancient nail in the ground. They decided to dig deeper, and so they found the remains of an ancient wooden boat (estimated to the 1st century). Even though no one knows if this was Jesus’s original boat, this archeological discovery remains important and crucial when studying the ancient times of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus Boat is located at the Jesus Boat Museum at Ginosar.
Tabgha, the Fish and Loaves miracle and Church:
Traveling north from Ginosar will bring you to the area of Tabgha.
Tabgha is famous thanks to the famous Fish and Loaves miracle, read about the main attractions, history and what to see in this article.
Mount of Beatitudes, “Sermon on the Mount”:
Northern to Tabgha area we get to the mount of Beatitudes.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”. (Matthew 5-7)
The Main attraction to see in Mount of Beatitudes area is the Byzantine style Catholic Church designed by the architect A. Barluzzi. The church is famous thanks to it octagonal shape, golden mosaics and gardens view to the Sea of Galilee.
Capernaum, House of St. Peter and Ancient Synagogue:
The next, obvious and related (also close to Tabgha and Mount of Beatitudes area) stop in the tour next to the shores of the Sea of Galilee is Capernaum.
Capernaum a biblical ancient village was probably the most popular and important base of Jesus Christ’s ministries. There are few Key attractions, “must see” for any tourists who get the chance to visit; we have dedicated this article for more info regarding tour at Capernaum.
Then he got into the boat, and his disciples followed him. Suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! He replied, You of little faith, why are you so afraid? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!
(Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25)
Photos of the Sea of Galilee Ancient Holy Land pictures:
These amazing ancient photos of the Sea of Galilee shore and related Christian sacred sites were taken and published between 1890-1905