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“An Ancient Town”

Capharnaum the Town of Jesus
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Capernaum
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Hamilton, Canada
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“An Ancient Town”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

This is one of the sites where you can get a sense that Jesus was actually here. Peter's house is preserved under a modern church and the present ruins of the White Synagogue rest upon the old ruins of the synagogue Jesus taught in. Part of that foundation is visible within the White Synagogue. There are ruins of the town between the synagogue and the modern church so you get a feeling of how large this place was. The site is attractive and in a pleasant garden. The authenticity of the site is fairly solid so it is well worth the visit.

Visited October 2013
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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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“Ancient city and church ruin”
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Capernahum means Nahum Village in Hebrews. This place was a strategic place negara the Sea of Galilee between 150 BC and 750 AD. We were blessed to be able to visit the ruin of Peter 's house upon which a new church is built. Capernahum was the village where Peter, Andrew, Jacob and John came from as well as the tax collector Matthew. Really awesome to visit this Village .......

Visited October 2012
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Eagan, Minnesota
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“Old city, beautiful church”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

The highlight of our visit to Capernaum were the ruins of St Peter's house and the new church. The admission was 3 NIS per person, but for the site, it was worth it. There is the ruins of the earlier churches to see. You can even identify which ruins were the kitchen from the ancient mortar and pestle placed there. The new church grabbed our attention, it is simply beautiful. It is octagonal in shape and simply put, it resembles a flying saucer. The inside is simple but also IMPRESSIVE!! There is a mirrored view of earlier church ruins underneath, right in the center of the new church. My teenagers were fascinated. The Sculpture of St Peter to the right of the grounds was also impressive. We wandered into the garden by the sea of galilee to reflect on the beauty of these surroundings. FYI: You have to pay to use the restroom here, so be prepared. It is one NIS per person.

Visited July 2013
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Houston, Texas
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“Walk where Jesus did”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

What was most amazing about being in this place, was that from Biblical history we know this to be the place where Jesus lived for much of his public ministry. This is where he came from Nazareth, met Peter and other disciples, and preached to the people. They are doing a wonderful job of excavating the old city, and have gone down several layers to unearth the home they believe was Peter's. Additionally the Synagogue can be seen, which was built after the time of Jesus, but was still built over the place where he taught. As is common throughout Israel, there is a church built over a religious site...but fortunately, they have put glass over Peter's home so you can see the excavation underneath. It was an impressive place to visit not only for it's historical reasons, but also from a religious perspective. You can see the Sea of Galilee from here, and imagine that you are seeing much of the same view Jesus did as he walked through the area.

Visited May 2013
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“The Temple where Jesus Taught”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Well not exactly the temple where Jesus taught, but the current 4th century excavation appears to have been constructed over an older temple so you definitely feel you are walking where Christ and St. Peter began their ministries. One structure is identified as the home of Simon Peter and there have been some findings that appear to indicate this structure was Peter's house. As with all holy places in Israel, there is a church built over the spot. Some in our party disliked the modernity of the church, but I appreciated how over Peter's house is a glass floor so you can look into the house. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2013
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