Tabgha - originally Heptapegon in Greek - or Ein Sheva as its known in Hebrew, was the place where seven springs once flowed into the Sea of Galilee. The warm waters attracted a variety of fish, making this a favourite spot for fishermen. There are two churches on the site - the Church of the Multiplication and the Church of St. Peter's Primacy.
The church commemorates the miracle of the feeding of the 5,000 when Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish. It was built at the beginning of the 1980s on the site of two earlier churches, whose remnants you can still see today. The beautiful Byzantine mosaic floor was restored from the second church which was destroyed in the Persian invasion in 614 AD. In the pattern of the mosaic, there are flowers and animals which were found in this area. You can also see a mosaic of the loaves and fish mentioned in the New Testament.
This church is built on the ruins of an earlier church from the 4th century. It was rebuilt by the Franciscans in 1933 using the local basalt rock. This is believed to be the site where Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection and made Peter the head of the Church.
TIP! There's a promenade along the Sea of Galilee which takes you to Capernaum. It's only three kilometers (about two miles) and worth the walk if the weather's not too hot.
Other Christian Sites in the area: