Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and Tiberias
Last Saturday some of my group members and I booked a tour through our hotel to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, and Tiberias/the Jordan River. We left the hotel bright and early at 7am to head to Nazareth.
Once there we first visited the Church of the Annunciation. The church itself was beautiful. All around the outside and the inside of the church there are ceramic pictures of what each country sees the Virgin Mary as. It’s extremely interesting to see all of the different representations.
After that we walked up to St. Josephs carpentry, where we saw one of the old cleansing baths.
From there we got back on the bus and made our way to the Sea of Galilee. We stopped first at the Church of Multiplication of Fish and Loaves. Then we visited Capernaum and saw the City of Christ.
Finally, we made our way to the actual shores of the Sea of Galilee. We ate lunch at St. Peter’s Restaurant, where we had a choice of a fish fillet or a whole fried fish, head and all. I went with the fillet. Then we went down and touched the water that, according to legend, Jesus walked on.
Lastly we drove through the holy city of Tiberias to the site of the baptismal on the Jordan River. People have the option of getting a full-body baptism in the waters of the river. It was interesting to see the different methods of dipping people in the water based on the different religions (i.e. Catholic, Baptist, etc.). All and all, it was a very full day.