Just north of the Sea of Galilee (Kinnereth) is the Church of the Multiplication (Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes). This modern Catholic shrine and church is built upon the spot where Jesus miraculously fed five thousand people by reproducing the five loaves of bread and two fish on hand for his disciples’ dinner. Immediately after this event, Jesus was said to have walked across water on the Sea of Galilee (Kinnereth).
As with many other churches in Israel, the modern Church of the Multiplication is located above earlier models celebrating the same miracle. This church has kept parts of the earlier churches intact. Today, the Church of the Multiplication boasts a large altar known as “Table of the Lord” with a mosaic of two fish from an earlier church. The largest mosaic in the building is from the 5th century. For art lovers, this floor section is the main attraction in the Church of the Multiplication as it is the first known mosaic in local Christian art. Also on display are remnants from a Byzantine Church, visible at the entrance to the Church of the Multiplication. The church building is surrounded by beautiful, green gardens and cobble stone paths.
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