Tabgha - A place where miracles happen

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Church of the Loaves and Fish - site where Jesus fed the 5000

The area now known as Tabgha contains three sites that are designated as places where Jesus Christ performed a miracle or gave an important teaching.  These sites, as well as Capernaum, are all very close and easily walkable.  The taxi from Tiberius dropped us off at the first site, known as the Site of the Fish and Loaves.  This, the site where Jesus fed the 5000, sits right on the Sea of Galilee and boasts incredible views.  There is now a church on the site, and inside the church is a rock which it is said that Jesus placed the loaves and fish on.

Jesus handing the leadership of the church to Peter

From the Site of the Fish and Loaves, it was a short walk to the Site of the Primacy of St. Peter.  It was on this site that Jesus handed the leadership or the church over to St. Peter.  "Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it." - Matthew 16:18

Now it is said in the bible that the Beatitudes were taught from a hill, but we had the hardest time finding it at first.  Finally, a friendly guide pointed us in the right direction - straight up the hill in front of us.  So, we began to hike through the bush (there was a trail worn through the years for us to follow) and in a matter of minutes reached a banana plantation.  From there, we could see at the top of the hill the Church of the Beatitudes, and our hike took us right along the banana plantation to the top.

Church of the Beatitudes
  When we reached the top, there was an old man, seemingly out of place who cheerfully pointed us the way to the entrance of the church.  Standing at the top of the hill, one can almost picture Jesus with His words of wisdom standing before the people, sharing the Beatitudes with the sea off in the distance.  It was truly a breathtaking site.

Since we wanted to make it to Capernaum before the site closed, we quickly hiked back the way we came.  We did stop to see the old man on the way back and picked up some popsicles.  Cathy got a papaya one (it was so good!) and mine was strawberry.  Talk about a life saver!  It was a warm day and it was nice to have something cold to help us finish our hike.  Once we made it down to the road, we walked to Capernaum and made it with time to spare.

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Church of the Loaves and Fish - si…
Church of the Loaves and Fish - s…
Jesus handing the leadership of th…
Jesus handing the leadership of t…
Church of the Beatitudes
Church of the Beatitudes
Church of the Beatitudes
Church of the Beatitudes
Banana plantation!
Banana plantation!
Church at the site of the fish and…
Church at the site of the fish an…
Church at the site of the primacy …
Church at the site of the primacy…
The Sea of Galilee was actually pr…
The Sea of Galilee was actually p…
Touching the Sea of Galilee
Touching the Sea of Galilee
Looking out over the Sea of Galilee
Looking out over the Sea of Galilee
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