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I took this shot while driving down from Taghba (site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes) to the village of Capernaum.

We know that Capernaum was Peter’s home town (as well as Matthew, James, John and Andrew) and Jesus’ home base while ministering and miracle-working in the Galilee. The church you see in this photo was built by a German Franciscan order around 1940 and is known as The Primacy of Peter. It’s located right at the water’s edge. (more interesting info on this church in subsequent tips).

The ruins in the general area indicate a fishing village dating back to the time of Christ, and other references including mapping and geographic data also confirm that this is indeed Capernaum (separate info on Capernaum in subsequent tips). They’ve since dug up archaeological evidence to support the theory that in fact, this is precisely where Peter’s home was once located (and I mean literally, they’ve honed in on what is believed and widely accepted by archaeological and biblical scholars, to be Peter’s actual family home!). Anyways, back to more contemporary times: the Church of St. Peter is one of the two most familiar sights in the area, and words can’t describe what it feels like to come around the bend of the road and see it in the distance, by the beautiful shores of the lake (Sea of Galilee)…

Biblical References:
John 21: 15-19

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2007
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