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Published January 20th 2018
Largest freshwater lake in Israel
Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in Israel. The majority of its intake is provided by the Jordan River. According to the Bible, it is the place where Jesus carried out a lot of his ministry e.g. teaching the beatitudes, feeding the multitude with five loaves and two fish, and restoring Simon Peter.

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Mount of the Beatitudes

An octagonal Italianate Roman Catholic church has been built on the Mount of the Beatitudes to commemorate Jesus' teaching. The view of the Sea of Galilee from the church is simply breathtaking. Entry will cost you NIS10 per car and opening hours are between 8am and 4.45pm with a short closure during lunch time.

Mount of the Beatitudes
View of Sea of Galilee from Mount of the Beatitudes

Not far from there, at Tabgha, is a Roman Catholic church built to commemorate the event whereby Jesus fed the multitude of about five thousand men with just five barley loaves and two small fish. The highlight here is its beautiful mosaic.

Mosaic at Tabgha

Next to that church is a Franciscan chapel built to commemorate the restoration of Simon Peter. You have the opportunity here to go right down to the shores of the Sea of Galilee and actually touch its waters. Opening hours are from 8am to 4.50pm.

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Shores of Sea of Galilee
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Why? It is the largest freshwater lake in Israel
Where: Tabgha, Israel
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