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The Sea of Galilee … and more from the Holy Land … part 3

December 19, 2011

And then … there it is … the Sea of Galilee … a place so storied and suddenly quite real … today the site of a agricultural activity including the cultivation of date palms …

The Sea of Galilee – 16 December 2011
Farm with date palms – the Sea of Galilee – 16 December 2011
Small boat on the Sea of Galilee – 16 December 2011

One of the religious sites along the way is the Benedictine monastery and Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes …

The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes - 16 December 2011

The interior is serene severity … the only overt ornamentation the mosaic floors … just beneath the altar, a simple mosaic of fish and a basket of bread …

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes - 16 December 2011

Altar of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes – 16 December 2011
Mosaic below the altar of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes – 16 December 2011

To the left of the altar are more ornate mosaics …

Mosaic floor at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes – 16 December 2011
Detail, mosaic floor at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes – 16 December 2011

A pathway past the monastery quarters is a small outdoor place for reflection, meditation and prayer …

Outdoor altar, Sea of Galilee in the background – 16 December 2011

And  one runs into these critters sunning themselves … not exactly a “buzz kill” but they did markedly change the experience …

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