The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes is located in Tabgha on the northwesterly shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is a modern Church that stands on the ruins of 4th and 5th century Churches and houses a splendid Christian mosaic as well as the stone on which the miraculous mal was allegedly laid.
According to Christian belief, five thousand people had come to greet Jesus who had tried to seek out some peace and quiet. By the time they met him it was dinnertime and since there was nowhere in the village where food could be easily bought Jesus fed them all by miraculously multiplying his disciple's five loaves and two fishes so that there was enough food for everyone present.
Although there is a possibility that this is the actual site of the miracle, there is reason to believe that it is not so likely. It is hypothesized that due to the area being well-watered and proving shade, many Byzantine pilgrims would have sat here to eat and rest and perhaps the tradition that two miracles involving food was tied into this place.
On site there is a block of limestone found under the altar table that is believed to be Jesus' table. In front of the altar is a beautiful restored mosaic that portrays two fish flanking a basket of loaves. The lovely 5th-century mosaic floor is the earliest known example of a figured pavement in Palestinian-Christian art.
Open Hours: Mon-Sat 8:30-17:00, Sun 10:00-17:00
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