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The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles

Date of Submission: 30/06/2000
Criteria: (iii)(vi)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Delegation Permanente d'Israel aupres de l'UNESCO
Coordinates: Lat. 32°41 N / Long. 35°23' E
Ref.: 1471

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Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples from the north of the Sea of Galilee, lived and worked in the towns, villages and the countryside of Lower Galilee. The region between Nazareth and Capernaum has undergone many changes since the Second Temple period. Many pilgrims and visitors will walk in the footsteps of Jesus and the Apostles, in order to experience their trials and tribulations.

The route constitutes a thread connecting the pilgrim sites sacred to Christianity, alongside natural and cultural sites, and the scenery and local communities. Some sites like Nazareth, Tiberias, and Kafar Kana became modern cities while others have become ruins, like Sepheris and Capernaum.

It is proposed to develop the sites already in existence while linking others and binding them together, to complete the historic story.

The route also serves as a means of preserving the heritage, archaeological sites, and the scenery, natural woods and forests and traditional agriculture, whereas emphasis has been placed on the Christian pilgrim population; nevertheless the broad range of experiences offered by the route apart from pilgrim sites, such as scenery and cultural sites as well as a range of hiking trails, makes it suitable for visitors from all countries and religions.

The route in the Galilee begins at the city of Nazareth, travels via Sepheris, Kafar Kana, The Horns of Hittin and Magdala, around the Sea of Galilee and ending at Tiberias.

Between Nazareth and Capernaum, at the northern end of the Lake, the road splits into a number of routes. The pilgrim can combine the different routes to enrich the experience; short routes or circuitous roads leading to other sites.

The ministering of Jesus and the Apostles between Tiberias and Nazareth represent the historic association of the cradle of Christianity, and the cultural landscapes of Mount Tabor, the Mount of Beatitude, Arbel and the Sea of Galilee provide an authentic backcloth to the historic events on this route.