Tour of Capernaum
Nestled along the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum (Hebrew: Kfar Nahum) is one of the most significant holy sites in the Christian world. It is often referred to as the “town of Jesus” because of its association with Jesus and his ministry. The New Testament records many miracles that Jesus performed in Capernaum and how he manifested his messianic role there. Later Capernaum became a major Christian pilgrimage destination, and both a synagogue and a church were built in it. Today Capernaum’s main landmarks are:
The Synagogue – Capernaum’s synagogue is one of the most well-preserved in the region. It dates back to the 4th or 5th century AD and is believed to have been built upon an earlier synagogue, where likely Jesus taught.
The Church of St. Peter – Near the synagogue is a modern Catholic church constructed over the foundation of a Byzantine-era church. Both are built above foundations of a first-century house believed to be home of St. Peter. The octagonal shaped modern church features a glass floor, allowing visitors to view the ruins of the ancient house below.
Scenic view of the Sea of Galilee – Capernaum also offers some fantastic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Take some time to walk along the shore and reflect on the biblical events associated with Capernaum.
Capernaum is open every day, and there is an entrance fee of about $3USD. The site is approximately a 3-hour drive from Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv, and it is recommended to combine a visit to Capernaum with a day tour of the Galilee.