North Israel Tour 2nd part; Capernaum, Tabgha and Yardenit

8-days Pinoy solo backpacking in Winter Israel
November 02 to November 10, 2013

North Israel tour 1st part; Nazareth Churches

The second part of the organized trip for Northern Israel. After we took our lunch beside Galilee Sea (my bill was 50ils($4.3)), we continued our journey to Capernaum, Tabgha and Yardenit.

Capernaum was a fishing village in the time of the Hasmoneans. Located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A church near Capernaum is said to be the home of Saint Peter. Actually the ruins of St Peter's house has a church built over over it. St Peter built a large 2 room dome shaped house about 25 to 30 feet in diameter, entirely carved out of rock. The hole in the roof is still visible from where the paralytic man had been let through to be healed by Jesus. According to the Synoptic Gospels, Jesus selected this town as the center of his public ministry in the Galilee after he left the small mountainous hamlet of Nazareth (Matthew 4:12–17). He also formally cursed the city, saying "You shall be brought down to Hades," (Matthew 11:23) because of their lack of response to his teaching.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capernaum

Tabgha is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is the traditional site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) in Christianity. Until 1948, it was the site of an Arab village. The site's name is derived from the Greek name Heptapegon ("seven springs"). St. Jerome referred to Tabgha as "the solitude".
 

Yardenit, Jordan river baptismal site

Capernaum

Capernaum

Capernaum

Capernaum

Tabgha, mutiplication church of fish and loaves

Tabgha, mutiplication church of fish and loaves

Yardenit, is a baptism site located along the Jordan River in the Galilee region of northern Israel, which is frequented by Christian pilgrims. The site is located south of the river's outlet from the Sea of Galilee, near Kibbutz Kvutzat Kinneret, which owns and manages the site. According to Christian tradition, the baptism of Jesus (Matthew, 3: 13-17) actually took place in Qasr el Yahud, north of the Dead Sea and east of Jericho. For centuries, Qasr al Yahud was the most important baptism site for pilgrims, and monasteries and guest houses were established near it. After the Six-Day War Qasr el Yahud became a frontier area, located on the border between the state of Israel and Jordan. As a result, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism decided to establish this site in 1981 as a replacement site. As a result, "Yardenit" became the only regulated baptism site on the Israeli side of the river, until the reopening of Qasr el Yahud site in 2011.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yardenit

Yardenit, Jordan river baptismal site

Yardenit, Jordan river baptismal site

Yardenit, Jordan river baptismal site

Yardenit, Jordan river baptismal site

Yardenit, Jordan river baptismal site

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