Sea of Galilee / Periods: New Testament, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic.

“Tabgha, the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes, is located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, west of Capernaum and south of The Church of the Beatitudes.

This location associated with the story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people with only five loaves and two fish (Mark 6:30-44). It is under the care of the Benedictine Order. The contemporary church is a replica of the original building and it was completed in 1982. It is the 3rd church to be constructed there. The first church was built in the 4th century and enlarged in 480 AD. It was demolished in 614 and excavated in 1932. The altar stands over a limestone rock that is said to be the rock where Jesus blessed the meal. In the past, pilgrims would chip off small pieces of the rock to save as keepsakes. Floor mosaics from an earlier church built on the same site (c. 478-86) are still visible. These mosaics depict loaves with fish and wildlife (wetland birds and plants) from the surrounding area. Visitors can also see sections of the 4th century Byzantine church: foundation stones, basalt presses and a font.This site is important to Christians because it memorializes one of the miracles of Christ in the location where it may have happened. As you are already in the area, you can continue your visit, and have a look the adjacent Sea of Galilee, where other miracles happened such as Jesus and Peter walked on water.

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