One of the places to visit on a Holy Land Tour is Capernaum on the site of an ancient fishing village on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee, about 4 km south west of the mouth of the Jordan River. The location of the village of Nahum, according to Jewish tradition, named after the Prophet Nahum.
Christian tradition associates this with the birth place of Petrus and the home of Jesus for a period where he preached and performed miracles. Contains the remains of a Jewish synagogue from the 3rd century, apparently built on the ruins of a former synagogue where, according to Christian belief, Jesus preached.
Capernaum is known as Jesus’ “own town” and is prominently featured in the Gospel Narratives. The town itself was the home of the apostles James and John as well as Simon “called Peter” and his brother Andrew and it was here in the ancient synagogue that Jesus taught and healed many people.
It is here in the heart of Jesus Galilee ministry that visitors to the Holy Land will be able to see the remains of Peter’s house, which is found at the centre of a modern church. The surrounding ruins are strong reminders of the past as pilgrims over centuries have left many inscriptions on the walls where Jesus’ name appears many times, as well as that of Peter’s.