Sea of Galilee / Periods: Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, Crusader.

The Church of the Beatitudes stands in Capernaum, Israel on the Sea of Galilee.

It is maintained by ANSM (Association to Succour Italian Missionaries). The church standing on the site today was built from 1936-1938. Previously there was monastery and small Byzantine chapel there. The building has eight sides to represent the Beatitudes. Symbolism is incorporated throughout the church in mosaics representing the Virtues. The church is adjacent to Mt. Eremos on the north west shore of the Sea of Galilee. The Cove of the Sower  is a small inlet at the foot of the mountain. It is where Jesus taught the people from a boat pushed out into the water. The Church of the Beatitudes is built on a site where the Sermon on the Mount may have been preached. Pilgrims have visited the location since the 4th century. This place is important to Christians because it is near the location where the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7 and Luke 6) may have been preached. Believers who visit the church can reflect on Christ’s teachings in a Neo-Byzantine church.” The Chuch is situated not far from the White Synagogue, the Church of The Multiplication on the edge of lake kinneret.

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