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Where Jesus lived and taught

At St. Peter’s house in Capernaum: a statue of St. Peter; the synagogue where Jesus taught; the new – and shamefully ugly – church built over the foundation of Peter’s house where Jesus lived; some remains of the other houses around Capernaum 

At The Mount of the Beatitudes

The monastery at the Church of the Beatitudes; the visitors’ centre is at the far centre; the garden in bloom; a walkway to the lake… 


Now you may understand why I think this is the most beautiful of all the Christian sites in Israel. The eight-sided Church of the Beatitudes; a porch looking west towards Tiberias; the view looking down the Mount of the Beatutudes to the Sea of Galilee (white netting covers grapevines) and the porch looking towards theContinue Reading


A bird welcomes us to the gift shop; one of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”; the terrace in front of the visitors’ centre; a prickly pear cactus in bloom 

At St. Peter’s Church in Galilee

Visiting monks hold an impromptu service by St. Peter’s Church at Capernaum – beside the statue of Jesus appearing to Peter after the resurrection (right)

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