Capernaum, (Kfar nakhum in Hebrew), is the traditional birthplace of Peter (14) and where Jesus began his ministry, staying 3 years in Peter’s mother’s house (healing her in Luke 4 and the Roman Centurion’s servant in Luke 7). Now Capernaum is an entirely ruined city overlooking the Sea of Galilee (11). Remnants of the ancient city are scattered everywhere, including the ruins of a synagogue (5-8) where Jesus may have preached, and ancient columns and pillars (3, 10). In the center is the ruins, one of which is traditionally believed to be Peter’s house. The Vatican decided to a build an unconventional octagonal church over the site (9). The interior (12) houses not only a church, but also an observatory for the ruins below (13). As this was the highlight of our tour, the guide gave us 20 minutes to look around. It’s safe to say that I will be going back.


~ by jonathanmtsai on March 26, 2011.

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