Church of the Primacy of St. Peter – Tabgha

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter is built on the traditional spot where Christ called Peter to follow him (and made him a “fisher of men”). The church sits right on the water and was built in the 4th century (and later rebuilt in 1933 after its destruction in 614) around the Mensa Christi (3) rock (Latin for “table of Christ”). The story goes that Peter and the apostles were fishing offshore from Tabgha after Christ’s death and resurrection. A man on shore told them to cast their nets and when they did, a school of fish swam into it. Peter swam to shore to find Christ preparing a meal on the rock for his apostles.

This was one of the nicer churches I visited. It’s not as well known and is more secluded so it’s much more quiet. You can walk right to the Galilee from the church (6) and imagine the ancient fisherman and the calling of Peter (1).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 16, 2011.

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