After a long time, I recently had the oppurtunity to visit again the mysterious “Anchor church” on top of Mount Berenice, near Tiberias.
The mountain is named after the scandalous first-century princess Berenice who had an unusuall relationship with her brother, king Agrippa II.., and was nearly married to the Roman Emperor Titus (!).
The top of the mountain proved to bear a Byzantine Church where a hugh stone anchor was venerated – and it is still there!.
Perhaps Byzantine Christians associated this anchor with one of the Disciples of Jesus, and perhaps it symbolised Christian faith (“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Heb. 6:19)).