“The Church of the Twelve Apostles is a red-domed Greek Orthodox Church that memorializes Christ’s appointment of His apostles. It is in Capernaum, a fishing village on a well-traveled route (Via Maris) around the Sea of Galilee. But it is also known as the Church of the Seven Apostles a reference to Jesus appearance after his dead to seven of his disciples — Simon Peter, Thomas, Nathanael, James and John and two other disciples”. This place of pilgrimage was filmed for you in Virtual Reality 360°. Here we are not far from the place of the White Synagogue and The Church of The Beatitudes.
“The building has white walls, two large red domes and six smaller ones with a cross on each. The site may have been the location of a Byzantine church. From 1948 (Arab-Israeli War) to 1969 (Six Day War), the area was declared no-man’s land. The church wasn’t maintained. Then, Israel pushed its border back to the Golan Heights, and stats the restoration of the church. A Greek iconographer redecorated the church from 1995 to 2000 with an eclectic array of Byzantine style frescoes inspired by works in Orthodox churches and monasteries around the Balkans.
Today visitors to the church can see frescos and icons. Inside one of the larger domes is a depiction of Christ the All-powerful (surrounded by 12 prophets). The other dome depicts Jesus as the Ancient of Days (from the book of Daniel) with 12 patriarchs. Other frescos portray Christ’s miracles, the saints, and Judgment Day.
Capernaum was Christ’s “home town” after He was thrown out of Nazareth (Matthew 4:13-16) and many important events in Christ’s ministry took place here. The site is important for Christians because it in the area where Christ appointed the twelve disciples (Luke 6:12-16). Jesus met Levi, the tax collector here (Matthew 9:9). It is near the Sea of Galilee where fisherman put out their boats. After the Resurrection it is where Jesus appeared (John 21:1-14). Today the Church is administered by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
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