Capharnaum


The town of Capharnaum is a sacred place steeped in history surrounding the early congregation of Jesus Christ.  Although the town contains an archaelogical site and two monasteries, the main focus of the town is a synagogue now operated by the Franciscan order of the Roman Catholic church.

Built over the remains of a Christian shrine sits a modern church that identifies the House of St. Peter, a sacred place where Jesus is believed to have stayed. It was here that Jesus established his base as he preached throughout the Sea of Galilee and began recruiting his first disciples. It is here that he healed the sick and built his synagogue. 

There are plenty of old relics and farm equipment (e.g., olive press) but aside from the shrine, one of the most interesting artifacts is a relief believed to be of the Ark of the Covenant. Just a few miles down the road is the town of Bethsaida, the birthplace of Peter.

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