Capernaum was one of the central places of Jesus’ life and activities. “And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali” (Matt. 4:13).
Among the sights:
- The house of Peter, on which an octagonal basilica was built in the 5th century. Today, over the remains of the basilica, a new Catholic church stands which was built in 1990.
- The remains of a Byzantine synagogue built over an older 3rd or 4th century synagogue.
- There are other ancient residential ruins in the vicinity that are continually being uncovered.
- The adjacent Greek Orthodox Church of the Seven Apostles is something that should not be overlooked and is well known for its red domed roof.
There are many plans for the Kfar Nahum National Park. In addition to an information stand with a kiosk and restaurant for the numerous visitors, a fishing and artists’ village is being planned which will depict daily life during the second temple period.
(Video: Tal Hanoci)
The site can be visited from Sundays to Thursdays and Saturdays between 8am and 4pm. On Fridays and holiday eves in summer from 1pm to 3pm and in winter from 8am to 3pm.