Capernaum, the city of Jesus

Our aim is the safeguarding and enhancement of the archaeological site of the ancient town of Capernaum which was discovered and brought to light thanks to the work of the Franciscan Friars.

Saint Peter’s house and the archeological site

Capernaum is located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The town can be counted among the most important sites of Christianity in the Holy Land and many pilgrims visit it every year in search of a personal contact with Jesus.

According to the Gospels the house of the Apostle Peter was here and it was here that Jesus Christ first settled down during his public appearances in the Holy Land, thus, making Capernaum “his town”. Next to the house there are also the remains of the great Synagogue in which the Savior made his Eucharistic discourse announcing to those who followed him on the morrow of the loaves and fishes, what is the true bread that does not perish.

It had already been used as a place of worship by the first Christian communities and is remembered by the ancient pilgrims as part of their itineraries. Their instructions, as well as the geographical coordinates of the ancient Capernaum, coincide with the Franciscan archaeological findings.

Activities

The first intervention carried out in collaboration with the Mosaic Centre Jericho is characterized by a dual activity: the restoration of the precious mosaic found above the house of Peter, and the production of a faithful copy of the original, which has been placed in the square in front of the church, so that pilgrims will be able to touch with their own hands the beauty of this precious relic.

A lot more has to be done though in the archaeological site which is so important for Christian memory and culture. Many more remains dating back to the time of Jesus, might be brought to light in the excavations.

Support Capernaum

This project is part of a wider initiative for the promotion and enhancement of the Holy Places and the archaeological and artistic heritage of the Custody of the Holy Land. 

With your support you will grant the continuation of the excavations and the study of the archeological findings and help to preserve the beauty of the place so that pilgrims might visit it and discover the Jesus’ message of hope.

“The small fishing village of Capernaum is of significant meaning to the history of Christianity. It was here that important events in the public life of Jesus Christ took place. Thus, Capernaum is to be considered a jewel among the many historical and religious sites of the Holy Land. Capernaum needs to be presented accordingly, in order to reveal its secret to the open public.” P. Pierbattista Pizzaballa – Custos of the Holy Land

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