|Overlooking the Sea of Galilee.|
One thing is true, it is indelibly identified with Jesus from gathering its fishermen to be fishers of men and walking on water to the delivering the Beatitudes and reappearing after the Crucifiction. Christians flock here to walk in his footsteps. Although walking "over" his footsteps is more accurate, it's near enough to inspire the devout. As our Jewish guide remarked, it's more important to walk in the spirit of the man than worship where he might have walked.
Tip: You will do some walking here but it's not bad. Uneven surfaces abound so don't walk and gawk.
|Church of the Beatitudes.|
Early morning fog shrouded the sea/lake as we drove up into the hills above it to the Church of the Beatitudes which commemorates the Sermon on the Mount. No one knows if this is "that" mount; it was the one Arab villagers, under pain of death, pointed out to Crusaders. Many suspect it was chosen for its beauty and view. It is an idyllic spot to contemplate that memorable message.
An easy drive for us, it was an all day - 11 1/2 hours - effort for Jesus to reach it by foot from his home in Nazareth.
|Mary Magdalene as depicted at the Church of the Beatitudes.|
|Inside the Church of the Beatitudes.|
Just before you reach the church there's a spot where groups often gather.
Most memorable of all, the heart-felt hymns - "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace" - sung by a Korean group of pilgrims inside the church.
|Statue of St. Peter.|
Nearby is Capernaum, which calls itself the Town of Jesus. This is one site that can be verified as much as any can. The Apostle Peter lived here, supposedly with his mother-in-law. He was known for his miraculous cures and when the structure was unearthed, graffiti on the wall read, "Peter Save Us".
|Inside the church built over the house of Peter.|
|Looking down into the house from the church above.|
|Looking at what remains of Peter's house from ground level.|
|Steps up to the church.|
|Remains of the White Synagogue.|
|And below the White Synagogue, the synagogue around which Peter and possibly Jesus walked.|