Around the Sea of Galilee – Visit Two: Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

My second stop on the trip around the Sea of Galilee was at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes. With my Christian Arab driver Kamal, we drove into Tabgha to see this site.

This church contains the remains of a 5th century Byzantine basilica and fragments of superb mosaics.  The current church is said to have been built over the site where Jesus fed over 5,000 followers with five loaves and two fishes.

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Over the door at the entry way are these carvings:

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And just inside the door, in the courtyard, is this plaque:

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And as you turn, the courtyard opens up around this tree:

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Inside, the altar and mosaic under it catches your eyes.

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Above, protruding from the floor, a rock from the ground on which Jesus is said to have fed the multitudes.

The mosaics are priceless and beautiful:

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I gave the gift shop a pass, although I was told that the gifts are less expensive here than in Bethlehem where most are made.

On to the next site …

 

 

 

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