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The primacy of St. Peter viewed from the Sea of Galile.

This is the second page holding photos of the Holy Land in June of 2010


I've created two separate pages to ease the load time of photo's for the Holy Land trip. I will update these pages periodically to have other photo's.

The photo above is of the primacy of St. Peter viewing from our boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.
The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter is a Franciscan church located in Tabgha, Israel, on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee. It commemorates Jesus' reinstatement of Peter as chief among the Apostles. The present Franciscan chapel was built on the site in 1933. The church incorporates parts of an earlier 4th century church. At the base of its walls, opposite the main altar, foundations of the 4th century church are visible. In the 9th century, the church was referred to as the Place of the Coals. This name refers to the incident of Jesus' preparation of meal for the apostles, building a charcoal fire on which to cook the fish. Also first mentioned in the year 808 are the "Twelve Thrones", a series of heart shaped stones, which were placed along the shore to commemorate the Twelve Apostles. The church survived longer than any other in the area, finally being destroyed in 1263.

Babs at Shepherds fields (outside Bethlehem) and Babs waiting outside of the Holy Sepulchre Church.

She renewed my contract for another 44 years! We and the other married couples of the pilgrimage renewed our vows at the Cana Wedding Church (note the stone jars on the altar). The photo to the right is Ken at the Mount of Beatitudes with the Sea of Galilee in the background.

A hot Ken resting at Mt Tabor (40C) and the photo to the right is the Church of the Visitation in Nazareth.

Ken on Temple Mount with the Dome on the Rock in the background. The right most photo is Ken at the north wall of Temple Mount with the steps that once lead up to the three gates to the temple prior to its destruction by the Romans.

Babs and Ken on the heights overlooking Tiberias with a blessed cool after 42C in Jericho. Babs outside of St Peters Church in Joppa.

Inside St. Peters Church at Joppa. Joppa (Jaffa) was the point of departure for St Peter leaving Israel to Rome after escaping from arrest by Herod Aggippa. It is believed the Roman Centurion whose daughter Jesus saved was living at Joppa and helped Peter escape to Rome.

The church was built in 1654 in dedication to Saint Peter over a medieval citadel that was erected by Frederick II and restored by Louis IX of France at the beginning of the second half of the thirteenth century.[1] However, in the late eighteenth century the church was twice destroyed and consequently twice rebuilt. The current structure was built between 1888 and 1894 and most recently renovated in 1903. St. Peter's Church also contains thirteenth century remnants of St. Louis' citadel located outside and to the right of the sacristy. The remnants include two whole rooms which are circular in shape, have low ceilings and fire embrasures. It is in these rooms that Napoleon Bonaparte is said to have lived while he was at St. Peter's in 1799 during his campaign in Egypt and Syria. The Franciscan priest was quite taken with our group singing in the mass and gave us a special blessing for our return to the States.