"St. Peter's Church" Old Jaffa Tip by iblatt

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  St. Peter's church, Old Jaffa
by iblatt

One of the landmarks on the hill of Old Jaffa is St. Peter's church. It can be seen from the sea as you approach Jaffa, and from the Tel-Aviv promenade, sitting at the edge of the Jaffa promontory. As Jaffa's old port was the entrance gate to the Land of Israel for pilgrims over the ages, St. Peter's church was the sight that welcomed them on their arrival. There used to be a hostel for pilgrims here in the 17th century.

The church was built on the site believed by the Catholics to be the house of Simon the Tanner, where St. Peter stayed and had a famous dream which appears in the New Testament.

The church has been built, destroyed and rebuilt several times during its long history: constructed in the Byzantine period, destroyed during the Arab conquest (7th century), rebuilt by Crusaders, destroyed by Mamluks (13th century), rebuilt by the Franciscans, destroyed again, finally rebuilt in the late 19th century in Spanish Baroque style.

Today the church is in use by Catholic immigrant-workers from Poland and South America and by members of diplomatic delegations. It is also frequented by many Catholic tourists.

Address: Mifratz Shlomo Street, Old Jaffa.
Directions: At the northern end of Kedumim Square.

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  • Written Oct 13, 2011
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