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Church of the Primacy of St. Peter

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter was built in 1934 in the location where it is believed that Jesus made his third appearance to his disciples. As written in John 21 Peter and six other disciples went fishing but were unable to catch anything all night. In the morning a man on the shore called out to them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. After doing so they caught so many fish it was hard to bring in the net. As the disciples bring the net to shore, they see that Jesus has prepared a charcoal fire for the fish and prepared breakfast. This is believed to have occurred on the Mensa Christ, a rock that is found on the floor of the church.

When visiting the church on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee you will see the small church, built to resemble a Byzantine Basilica with beautiful mosaic floors depicting bread and fish.

Mosaic depicting the miracle of the multiplication of the fishes

The modern church, built in 1933 incorporates some of the walls of the 4th century church at the base of the chapel. Most importantly, you can see the aforementioned Mensa Christi.

A small Crusader building is located next to the church. There are also Byzantine water towers that were built to control the water level of the springs for irrigation and mills.


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