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Archaeological site of Capernaum

  • Address
    Emek HaYarden, Israel
  • Web
  • Visiting Hours
    Monday to Sunday, from 8:00 to 17:00
  • What to see
    Peter’s house, synagogue

Capernaum is the name of the village where the Apostle Peter lived, and where Jesus lived for much of his public life. It is next to the ancient Via Maris, and had been completely abandoned in the 9th century AD. It was rediscovered by archaeologists during the 19th century, and especially at the beginning of the 20th century, when the Franciscan Gaudencio Orfali found the remains of the octagonal Byzantine basilica erected on Peter’s house, the so-called “sacred island”.

Today, the area is an archaeological park owned by the Custody of the Holy Land. A modern church has been erected over Pedro’s house, revealing the ruins in the center. You can also visit the beautiful synagogue discovered at the end of the 2nd century, made of white stone, and which was probably built on top of the previous one in which Jesus preached and performed miracles such as healing a possessed man.

Florentino Díez, Guía de Tierra Santa, ed. Verbo Divino

Photo Credit
Inma Álvarez

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