Church of the Multiplication – Tabgha

After a short drive we arrived at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes (also known as Heptapegon). Like you can guess from its name, the church commemorates the miracle in Matthew 14 when Jesus fed the 5000 with five loaves of bread and two fish. (Actually it’s supposedly built on the rock where Jesus multiplied the fish and bread). The chapel is quite small and was said (by our tour guide) to be built by Egyptians because the courtyard (1) had always contained flora and fauna found only in Egypt (2). Inside the church is famous for its mosaic tiled floors (3, 6, 7) and at the front is part of the multiplication rock (4), behind its most famous mosaic of two fishes and loaves of bread. Again, while it is unsure that any of these locations are exact, it’s cool nonetheless to see.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on March 26, 2011.

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