Tiberias is the largest city in the Galilee area.   There are several natural hot springs which resulted in the building of several Turkish bathhouses in the middle ages.20-110706_Tiberias

At Tiberias we boarded a boat to cross the Sea of Galilee.   The boat was a reconstruction of a fishing boat from the first century AD.  25-110706_Sea_of_Galilee



From the boat we could see city of Tiberias.30-110706_Sea_of_Galilee_View_Tiberias2

Along the coast we passed the city of Magdala (home of Mary Magdalene).38-110706_Sea_of_Galilee_Magdala


One of the sailors demonstrated how the fishermen of the Biblical days cast the fishing nets.50-110706 Boat Ride Across Sea of Galilee

Other similar boats were crossing the Sea of Galilee.51-110706_Sea_of_Galilee5

While crossing the Sea of Galilee, we held a brief service.   Kris (Methodist minister from Kansas) gave a brief message and Suzanna concluded the service by singing “Amazing Grace”.61-110706_Sea_of_Galilee_Service


In 1986 the Kibbutz Ginosar discovered a boat in sediment at the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, when a severe drought lowered the sea level.   The fishing boat has been dated back to the time of Christ.70-110706 Ancient Fishing Boat

Next we visited Tabgha, which is the traditional site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fish.79-110706_Tabgha_Loaves&Fishes

An altar was built over the stone where Jesus had laid the loaves and then a church was built around it.80-110706_Tabgha_Loaves&Fishes3

The church was destroyed in 614 by invading Persians.   A new church building was built in 1982 to protect the original mosaic tiles.85-110706 Mosaic, Tabgha, Miracle of Loaves and Fishes PC

The mosaic tiles were laid around 450 AD.87-110706_Tabgha_Loaves&Fishes2



Galilee Area Pics