Lower Galilee / Periods: Roman, Byzantine, Arabic.
One of the twelve Apostles of Jesus was Bartholomew.

This place is situated very close to another places: the Wedding Church or the Orthodox Church of St-George. The team of 360HolyPlaces™  filmed this site for you in Virtual Reality 360°. According to John, Bartholonew has been identified with Nathanael in the Gospel as being introduced to Christ by Philip, although some modern commentators reject the presence of Nathanael with Bartholomew. According to the Synaxarium of the Coptic Orthodox Church, his martyrdom is commemorated on the first day of the Coptic Calendar, which currently falls on September 11 (August 29 in the Julian Calendar). His feast is June 11 in Eastern Christianity and August 24 in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, Anglican Communion and both forms of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church. Bartholomew comes from the Aramaic, meaning son of Talmai, or son of the furrows. He was born at Cana of Galilee and is listed among the Twelve Apostles of Jesus in the three Synoptic gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and also appears as one of the witnesses of the Ascension; on each occasion, however, he is named in the company of Philip. He is not mentioned by the name Bartholomew in the Gospel of John, nor are there any early acta, the earliest being written by a pseudo epigraphical writer who assumed the identity of Abdias of Babylon and to whom is attributed the Saint-Thierry Manuscript and Pseudo-Abdias Manuscripts.


The St. Bartholomew Apostle Church is the name given to a Catholic church administered by the Franciscan order in Cfar Cana in Israel, built in honor of place where tradition says was once the apostle St. Bartholomew. The church was founded in 1885.  Opposite the church there are four pilasters and a round window above the door of the temple. In the center is a Latin inscription: “DOM S NATHANAELIS BARTHOLOMAEI APOSTOLI” (The apostle Nathanael Bartholomew). The altar stands on a raised platform, and in front, two pairs of small-sized columns have Corinthian capitals, and a bas-relief depicts the meeting of Nathanael and Philip the Apostle. Nearby we have a small cemetery.

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