What to visit around the Sea of Galilee (Tiberias)?

Tiberias lake

The harp-shaped Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias or Yam Kinneret) in the Jordan valley is a central place for Christianity. The climate can be extremely humid because of its deep location (209 meters below sea level). Jesus often came here, and he chose his apostles from the lake’s fishermen. Besides being a typical holiday resort for Israeli people, several biblical scenes and other places of interest are nearby. For example, in Kursi town along the Sea, Jesus healed the obsessed man, casting the devil out of his body.

Capernaum, the city of Jesus
The mountain to the north of the Sea attracts millions of pilgrims as it was supposed to be the place where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. A church and a chapel were erected at this place, called the Mount of Beatitudes.

The mosaic of multiplication in Tabgha
There are some still operating kibbutz (Jewish communities) along the Sea. Degania, the oldest kibbutz in Israel, inhabited for 100 years, is located where the Jordan leaves the lake in the Jordan valley. Close to this is the baptism place of Christ, where pilgrims ritually immerse themselves in the waters of the sacred river

The baptismal site at the Jordan river

Tiberias is the only surviving city from the time of Jesus, but there is no evidence that he ever went there. Today its tourism is built on the hot springs. Since ancient times, it has been famous for its healing effects, and several medical institutions have been established.

The Franciscan Church of St. Peter in Tabgha is where after the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish, Jesus and his disciples served food to 4,000 people. It was also here that Jesus appointed Peter as his successor. When Jesus left Nazareth, he settled in Capernaum. The gospel calls it the second home of Jesus, who went on his messianic mission from here. It was a significant city in the time of Jesus, along the Via Maris, a pivotal trade route. Archaeologists managed to excavate the Capernaum from the time of Jesus.

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