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Top Choice Church in Northern Shore

Mount of the Beatitudes

This breathtaking hillside Roman Catholic church, built in 1937, stands on a site believed since at least the 4th century to be where Jesus delivered his Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), whose opening lines – the …
Top Choice Historic Site in Northern Shore

Ancient Galilee Boat

In 1986, when the level of the Sea of Galilee was particularly low, a local fisherman made an extraordinary discovery: the remains of a wooden boat later determined to have plied these waters in the time of Jesus’s …
Top Choice Lebanese in Northern Shore

Ktzeh HaNahal

From the outside you’d never guess that this unassuming restaurant serves up a sumac-accented Lebanese feast. After a parade of 11 mezze (30NIS), you might want to try shishbarak (meat-stuffed dumplings cooked in ta…
Archaeological Site in Northern Shore

Capernaum

The New Testament relates that the prosperous lakeside village of Capernaum (estimated population 1500), on the imperial highway from Tiberias to Damascus, was Jesus’s base during the most influential period of his …
National Park in Northern Shore

Arbel National Park

Towering over the Sea of Galilee and offering mesmerising views of the Golan Heights and Mt Hermon, Arbel Cliff is 181m above sea level, making it 390m above the vast blue lake below. It is on both the Israel Nation…
Archaeological Site in Northern Shore

Korazim National Park

On a hillside overlooking the Sea of Galilee, Korazim is a good place to get an idea of the layout of a prosperous, midsized Galilean town in the time of Jesus and of the Talmud (3rd to 5th centuries CE). The site –…
Cemetery in Southern Shore

Kinneret Cemetery

Shaded and serene, this luxuriantly green lakeside cemetery, established in 1911, is the final resting place of socialist Zionist pioneers such as Berl Katznelson (1887–1944), famous for being at the centre of a cel…
Archaeological Site in Northern Shore

Bethsaida

These excavations, inside HaYarden Park Nature Reserve (Jordan River Park), are believed to be those of the ancient fishing village of Bethsaida, where Jesus is said to have fed 5000 people with just five loaves of …
Archaeological Site in Northern Shore

Magdala

When the Legionnaires of Christ, a Catholic congregation based in Mexico, began to build a spiritual retreat in 2009, they were astonished to discover a synagogue from the 1st century CE, dated to the time of Jesus …
Church in Northern Shore

Church of the Primacy of St Peter

A few hundred metres to the east, a shady, fragrant garden leads down to the water’s edge and this Franciscan chapel – lit by the vivid colours of abstract stained glass – built in 1933. The flat rock in front of th…