Holy places of the Sea of Galilee
The Sea of Galilee is Israel’s largest lake. Perhaps on a global scale it is not so great, but given its importance for the country, the Israelis call it the sea. His name is also the Tiberian or Ginossar Sea. And in Hebrew, the lake is called Keenerit. The entire coast of the lake is marked by temples that were erected at different times in memory of those miracles that Jesus Christ did. These places are called the cradle of Christianity. After all, Christ came here to preach to the inhabitants of the fishing villages. Jesus walked across the water of the Sea of Galilee “like in the dry,” the Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes was read, in Tabgha there was an increase in bread and fish, which is described in the Gospel. In Capernaum, Jesus healed the sick and found his disciples. The ancient name of Magdal, from where Maria Magdalene was born, gave the name to the Russian monastery of Mary Magdalene. The Catholic Church of Minza Christie (Church of the Superiority of Peter) was built on the site where Jesus commissioned Peter to lead the Christian church.
Our journey through the holy places of Lake Galilee began with a mountain called Mount of Beatitudes after, according to Christian traditions, Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, one of the main moral reflections of Christian teaching. Christ said that “Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are weeping, blessed are the meek, blessed are those who hunger for the truth, blessed are the merciful, you are the salt of the earth …”, “obey the laws, love your neighbor”, “do not worry about tomorrow,” ” Judge not, that ye be not judged ”(Matthew 5: 3, Luke 6:20). Here, according to tradition, the prayer “Our Father” was given, and Jesus chose and appointed 12 apostles.
In the 1930s, Franciscan monks conducted archaeological excavations on Mount of Beatitudes. The remains of a small one-nave church of the end of the 4th century decorated with mosaics were discovered. They indicate that there was once a monastery. And in 1937, a modern church was built on this site according to the project of the Italian architect Antonio Berlucci. The temple belongs to the Franciscans and has an octagonal shape, symbolizing the eight blisses. Inside it, all eight Commandments are recorded in stained glass windows. The well-groomed and green area around the temple offers walks, and the temple’s open gallery offers wonderful views of the Sea of Galilee. Today, an endless stream of pilgrims from all over the world comes to the temple.
Then we had to admire the shores of the Sea of Galilee from the water. Not far from the Mount of Beatitudes is the kibbutz Ginossar, on the territory of which there is an interesting museum. The Galilee History Museum named after Yigal Alon is known for exhibiting a 2000-year-old boat found at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee. It is believed that this is the boat of Jesus Christ.
We sailed on the lake on a ship – an exact copy of those that walked on the Sea of Galilee during the time of Jesus.
Such walks on the lake are very popular among pilgrims who travel on water with prayers and chants. From the water it is especially noticeable that the holy temples stand along the entire shore of the lake.