Capernaum, or Kfar Nahum as it was called in ancient Semitic times, is an ancient fishing village on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee. At the time of Christ, it was a Jewish village with its own synagogue. It is often mentioned in the Gospels, was Jesus' main base during his Galilean ministry and was the home of his first converts Peter and Andrew. It is at Capernaum that Jesus healed the sick and calmed a storm on the Sea of Galilee. The church of Capernaum was founded on the traditional site of St. Peter's home. Since 1990 a modern Franciscan church stands on the ruins of St. Peter's house.
Today, the main sites at Capernaum are the ruined synagogue, with finely carved stones bearing the Star of David, and the church, which stand quite close to each other near the shore, with ruins of 1st-to-6th-century houses in between. A new Greek Orthodox church is located nearby.
The 65 km Jesus Trail starting from Nazareth was recently opened. This trail passes the most important Christian religious sites in the Galilee, including Capernaum.
Capernaum is located on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee, on road 87. It is open to the public daily between 08:00-17:00. Entrance fee is 10 NIS.
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