Domus Galilaeae (Home in the Galilee)
Domus Galilaeae (from Latin: Home of Galilee) is a stunning modern Catholic complex on a hilltop above Mount of Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee. It is a venue for Christian seminars and conventions run by the Neocatechumenal Way.
History of Domus Galilaeae
The Pope Paul VI envisioned Domus Galilaeae in the 1980s. He wished to establish a center in the Holy Land where Catholic students would spend a period of studies that focused on the Jewish roots of Christianity before being ordained. The construction of the complex began in January 1999 and was completed within less than two years. Pope John Paul II inaugurated Domus Galilaeae during his Millennium visit to Israel. Planned by a team of architects, the campus’ general modern design embeds various quotes from ecclesiastical architecture. Its main halls are a grand entry, a sanctuary, a secluded courtyard, a library, a church, and an auditorium facing the Sea of Galilee.
Touring Domus Galilaeae
The institution offers a free 1.5-hour tour of its campus, whose congregation halls and library are unique. The balcony also provides stunning panoramas of the Sea of Galilee in the back of a giant artwork presenting Jesus preaching to the apostles.
A visit to the site can be combined with a guided day tour of the Galilee.