Tabgha in the Galilee:
Jesus Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes and the Church of the Multiplication

The above is probably my longest headline so far. A mouthful really. The multiplication of loaves and fishes is a Jesus miracle that happened in Tabgha in the Galilee. Tabgha is very close to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and the Church of the Multiplication is the major attraction.

What does Tabgha mean?

The name comes from a Greek word meaning “the seven springs” and in Hebrew it is called Ein Sheva – meaning the same thing.

What was Jesus’ miracle?

According to the Christian belief in this place, Jesus performed the famous miracle of feeding 5,000 people with only 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes. Indeed, not an easy trick to perform!

Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes
Jacopo Robusti Tintoretto
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The Church of Multiplication in TabghaThe Church of Multiplication in Tabgha. Pictures by Hoyasmeg.

The church was originally built in the 5th century AD and was destroyed in the 7th century. In modern times the remains of the church and monastery were fully excavated and in the 1980’s the church was finally restored. On the floor of the church there is a beautiful mosaic of the bread and fishes from the famous miracle.

The mosaic of the loaves and fishes at the Church of the MultiplicationThe mosaic of the loaves and fishes at the Church of the Multiplication.

Another church to visit while in Tabgha is the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter – this location is considered to be the location in which Jesus appeared for the 3rd time following his resurrection.

Tabgha is very close to other Galilee attractions such as: Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes and the Galilee Boat. Those are also well worth a visit.

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