Church of the Multiplication

Church of the Multiplication

Church of the Multiplication
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Trailing the footsteps of Christ, we reached The Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha. It is ministered by the Egyptian Coptic Dominion. Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of loaves and fish in here. There is a rock slab below the church altar. During the multiplication,  the fish and loaves were placed onto that rock.

A large crowd of followers was with Jesus and his disciples until nightfall. There was no food for the multitudes. Jesus performed the miracle of feeding 5000 people with only 2 fish and 5 loaves. Everyone ate and there were 12 baskets of reminders, as written in the New Testament.
Written March 28, 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
That the place where the so-called church of the "multiplication of loves and fishes" stands today is the one where the event actually took place, we have no sure proof. But - for this as for many other events - this isn't what we need to look for in the Holy Land.
What can be done is to check where the tradition already in late antiquity places the event, and therefore where and how the supposed event animated pilgrimage flows. In this case, the place is precisely this one: the pilgrim Egeria, at the end of the fourth century AD. C., testifies that there is "a church near Capernaum, whose altar is situated on the rock on which Jesus fed the multitude".
Since then, the Byzantine church which succeeded it (5th century AD) suffered the destruction by the Persians (614AD) and Tabgha itself remained almost depopulated. There were no more churches in the place until the current one was built in 1982, as part of a German Benedictine convent.
Under the altar, it incorporated the rock on which, according to tradition, Jesus would have deposited the loaves and fish before multiplying them; moreover, the floor of the church has incorporated the fourth century mosaics found in situ, thanks to the excavations that took place from the beginning of the twentieth century.
Overall, the pleasantly restful site deserves a detour for a visit.
Written January 27, 2023
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
It is a small church which takes only a few minutes to see, though with a rich history - this more modern church is built on the ruins of other churches going back to the 300s AD! The mosaics are from 480 AD! Definitely worth a quick visit if you are in the area on a Holy Land tour.
Written January 25, 2023
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Joanne C
Simpsonville, SC58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
This was one of the highlights of our 7 day pilgrimage to the Holy Land! The area around the church is lovely and well-maintained. You will want to linger, walk around and soak it all in.
Written August 2, 2022
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA4,174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
With all the wonderful stops in the Holy Land, they can’t all be great. This one is kind of a ‘filler’ in my opinion. Supposedly where Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, they have a plaque on the ground by the altar where this occurred. Nice mosaics were the most interesting aspect of the relatively newer church.
Written May 28, 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I attended this tour virtually and was blown away by the beauty of this site. Our tour guide Amit shared historically knowledge about the site including agricultural facts that I didn't know. It was simply amazing and if you haven't seen the site, you must go!
Written January 14, 2021
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Teoso
Brooklyn, NY279 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
The church itself is not terribly interesting as it is relatively new.

However, what you're here to see are the very well preserved, Byzantine era mosaics inside the church, some of which depicts animals that are probably found in the area, but most importantly, that of the fish and the loaves, along with the rock that Jesus gathered the food. A must visit for anyone with any interest with Christianity.

BEWARE: Lots of the pictures listed under this church on TripAdvisor are not of the Church of Multiplication, they are pictures of the Church of Peter's Primacy, which is nearby.
Written July 31, 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX669 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Church of The Multiplication is located in Tabgha at the same place that Our Lord made St. Peter to be the head of His Church (The site of Peter's Primacy). Located on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, one can easily picture the Apostles busily engaged in their fishing activities until Jesus calls them to be "Fishers of Men". There is a small beach - seashore immediately around and behind the Church and one can easily envisage fishing boats pulled up onto the sand while the Apostles tend their nets and lines on the rocks and boulders at the end of the sandy beach.
Inside the Church, it is built over and around more of the rocks and actually has a large flat rock protruding through the floor immediately in front of the Altar.
A very inspirational site, as is all of the Holy Land, but a place not to be missed while in the Holy Land.
Written April 30, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
What a wonderful site on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Photographers will find many subjects including the church itself, the shoreline, the walk down to the church, and the statue. We were on a pilgrimage, so my gear was a pocket camera. This was useful due to the hassle of schedule and crowds. All holy sites in Israel will be crowded and are popular. If taking pictures, be patient and learn to use people to add to the story of the photo.
Written March 31, 2020
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ChrisJS51
Sevenoaks, UK483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
This is in an area on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee which is crammed with chapels, shrines and grander churches, celebrating each of the acts of Jesus recorded in the Nerw Terstament which happened in or around Capernaum, (and there were lots of them!). This is one of many of which, frankly; mostly disappear into a combined memory without especially standing out. Still worth visiting, though, along with as many of the others as you have time for.
Written March 29, 2020
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