Day 3 (3) Mount of Beatitude

It was a fairly long journey to the regions near the Sea of Galilee. From our reading of Bible I had an impression that Sea of Galilee is actually a sea, but on sight it was clear that it was just a lake. We were told that the Jordan river flowed in and out of the Sea of Galilee. Our first stop was the Mount of Beatitudes. According to the tradition, the Mount of Beatitudes is the place where Jesus gave his important sermon on the mountain. A church, monastery, hostel and gardens and farm are located on the hill, above Tabgha by the Sea of Galilee. (175M higher than the sea of Galilee, yet 35M under the Mediterranean sea level.) The beautiful Basilica of the Church of Mount of Beatitudes was built during the 1936-1938 to a design of the Italian famous church architect, Antonio Barluzzi. The ceiling walls of the church have a shape of an octagon, and on each side there is a window with one of the eight verses of beatitude. In the interior of the church, the verses and symbols related to the sermons are written on mosaics on the floor of the church and around the altar. The view of the surroundings of the church is panoramic. Out side the church there is a beautiful Gardens . In the Garden are small assembly areas where we saw groups gather, sit, listen to their pastor reading from texts and sermons, chant and other religious rituals. The side of the hill overlooks the sea of Galilee, which really is a serene view. From the cafeteria we tasted Coffee and Root Beer.

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