Capernaum’s Church of the Twelve Apostles
Capernaum is one of the most important Holy Christian Sites in the Holy Land. Its central part, maintained by the Franciscans, bears an elaborate cient synagogue, and a modern octagonal church built above ruins related to the Peter and Andrew’s home in Capernaum. Its eastern part, maintained by the Greek-Orthodox Church, bears little archaeology, but in 1931 a small yet impressive Greek Church was erected in it. The church, commemorating the 12 Disciples, is designed in the traditional Greek style, and is especially notable for its whitewashed walls and red domes. Its interior, renovated in 2003, is painted with enchanting detailed images of different Christian themes in Byzantine style. Most striking is the image of Judgment day painted over the inner wall of the entrance.
Visiting Capernaum Greek-Orthodox Church
The church is open every day of the week, 8:00 to 16:00. Visitors are requested to dress modestly and speak softly.
A visit to the site can be combined with a guided day tour of the Galilee.