• Russell Roy

Hot on Jesus' Trail - Part 2 of 4

We pick up Jesus' trail again in Nazareth. Our first stop was the location of Jesus' first miracle, turning water into wine at a wedding in Cana, about 7km northeast of Nazareth. There are two nearby churches that celebrate housing the exact location. The first church is Franciscan, and the second is Greek Orthodox.

We used Nazareth and Tiberias as our bases to explore the numerous sites on and around the Sea of Galilee.

Our next stop was Mt. Tabor, the traditional site of the Transfiguration. The views from atop the mountain were amazing and well the winding drive to the top. The second photo looks back towards Nazareth, which is located on the side of a low mountain (a surprise to us because we always imagined it to be flat?).

Peter's house in Capernaum. Located on the northern Sea of Galilee shore. A modern church has been built above the site. It contains a glass floor where it is possible to inspect the ruined house from a much closer vantage.

Site of the Mount of the Beatitudes. Sea of Galilee in the background looking towards Tiberias. The Sea of Galiee is actually a small lake. We comfortably drove all the way around it one morning, including a stop half way round for a pick nick breakfast.

Church of the Primacy of St. Peter. Located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, following photo.

Our last stop on the Sea of Galilee was the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. The rock under the alter is believed to be Jesus' 'solitary place' in Mark (6:30-44).

What is enlightening about visiting all of these sites is getting an understanding of how close all of these locations are to one another. Nazareth and Mt. Tabor are only about 7km from each other (easily reachable in a few hours by foot). Tiberias, sitting on the Sea of Galilee, is only 20km away from Nazareth and could have been walked to within a day or two. And all of the last of the sites mentioned here are within a 30 min walk of each other.

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