Mount of Beatitudes
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In the early afternoon (or it was still the end of the morning) we reached Galilee to see the Church of the Attitudes and the Sea of Galilee. In Christianity, the Beatitudes, which means the blesse, are blessings from Jesus recorded in the Sermon on the Mount. The blessings refer to sayings and moral teaching of standard values by Jesus. On this spot the Roman Catholic Church of the Beatitudes is located on the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha and Capernaum in Israel which we visited later. The modern church was built between 1936 and 1938 near the site of the fourth century Byzantine ruins. The church is Byzantine in style with a marble veneer casing the lower walls and gold mosaic in the dome. In front of the church are mosaic symbols on the pavement representing Justice, Prudence, Fortitude, Charity, Faith, and Temperance.
The church was commissioned by Italian ruler Benito Mussolini and designed by the architect Antonio Barluzzi. The church is maintained and overseen by the Franciscan Order. From the backside of the church there is a wonderfull view on the Sea of Galillee. After the visit we went for a boat trip on the Galillee Sea.