Capernaum is located at the north corner of the Sea of Galilee, on the side of the ancient road from Tiberias to the east of the sea of Galilee: Golan, Gamla and Jordan. It is a 3 minute drive east from the Primacy of Peter Church in Tabgha. The village prospered in the Roman and Byzantine periods, and its citizens were mainly fishermen (as most of Jesus apostles), farmers, and people that provided services to the Roman road and caravans, including tax collection (as was Matthew). Capernaum was partially destroyed in the Persian conquest in the 6th C AD. The synagogue and church were destroyed in the Arab period (7th- 12 C AD), but the village continued to function at that time. It then was totally ruined. The area was purchased by the Franciscans in 1894, where 2/3 of the entire area of ruins were purchased (the other third was purchased by the Greek Orthodox). The excavation were conducted in several seasons (1905-1915, 1968-1984).
The Ruins are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and the entrance fee for Tourists and Pilgrims is NIS 3
Address: Kefar Naum, Northern Galilee, Israel
Favorite thing: Tabgha is the arabic translation of the koine greek meaning of the town with 7 spings or Heptetagon, which is the area in Northern Sea of Galilee where Jesus had performed some of his miracles and made his sermon on the mount. Along the shores of the Sea of Galilee here is where the Church of the Primacy of Peter was established too and the town is located just a stone's throw away from the ruins of Capernaum, which was the traditional village of the Apostles. Tabgha is just a 15 minute drive from Tiberias Town and a 20 minute ride from Kinneret.
Tiberias Lake, also the Sea of Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Lake of Gennesaret, or Lake Kinneret is the largest freshwater lake in Israel. It is approximately 53 km in circumference, about 21 km long and 13 km wide. The lake has a maximum depth of approximately 43 m. At 209 meters below sea level, it is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth.
You can watch my 3 min 32 sec HD Video Sea of Galilee out of my Youtube channel.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Capernaum on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 32° 52' 51.80" N 35° 34' 38.60" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sea of Galilee 1
and according to the following coordinates 32° 52' 51.25" N 35° 34' 38.33" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sea of Galilee 2
and according to the following coordinates 32° 52' 51.02" N 35° 34' 37.91" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sea of Galilee 3
and according to the following coordinates 32° 52' 50.86" N 35° 34' 37.68" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Sea of Galilee 4
and another photo of Lake of Tiberias on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 32° 43' 27.72" N 35° 34' 6.43" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Tiberias Lake or Kineret 5.
“And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades”.
Capernaum was a settlement on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in ancient time. The site is a ruin today, unfortunately.
The original name in Hebrew is Kfar Nahum or “Nahum’s village”.
The town is mentioned in the New Testament. It was reported to have been the home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John, as well as Matthew.
Jesus taught in the synagogue in Capernaum on the Sabbath. In Capernaum also, Jesus healed a man who had the spirit of an unclean devil and healed a fever in Simon Peter's mother-in-law. It is also the place where a Roman Centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Capernaum on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 32° 52' 51.96" N 35° 34' 37.56" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Capernaum 1