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Old 03-09-2006, 06:09 AM   #1
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The gallery hates me, and I already made this a week ago so it's just easier...

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Ha'Galil is the Christian stronghold of Israel, in the north of the country next to the Golan Heights. Galilee is the site of nearly the entire life of Jesus from when he started performing miracles up until just before his death which occurred in Jerusalem. As a result of this, the major sites are enshrined by the major sects of Christianity. One of the most preeminent of these is Kfar Nakhum, or Capernaum in the Bible, where Jesus was said to dwell and teach. Kfar Nachum is split into two separate cities: one for the Catholic church and one for the Greek Orthodox church.



The entrance to Catholic Capernaum. True to Catholic tradition there is an entrance fee and a monk standing ready to kick your heathen ass if you don't pay up.



These flowers grow in a huge tree that covers the entrance to the site, and look dazzling in the morning sun.



A statue of Saint Peter, to the left of the entrance. Apparently Saint Peter was the cutting-edge in first-century AD Catholic monk fashion.



The first thing you see in front of you is this statue of Jesus.



Ruins of the city of Capernaum.



The centerpiece of Catholic Capernaum, this is the Synagogue where it is believed Jesus preached.



The church of Catholic Capernaum.



This stands off to the side in a garden, but it caught my eye. "May Peace Prevail On Earth." ...(as long as you paid the entrance fee, you stingy bastard).
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The sites of Galilee are rather small with very little to see, but they make up for it by the sheer number of shrines and churches that are available to be explored. Next up after a short drive East we come to Orthodox Capernaum. Without an entrance fee.



The entrance. A year of Greek and I still have no clue what this says. Whatever.



Random fact: I kept getting followed by this peacock that was being raised by the caretakers of the church here. True story.



The Greek Orthodox Church of the Disciples; the centerpiece of Orthodox Capernaum.



The front of the church, facing the sea.



Walking along the coast and through some flowers, I found this...structure...made from what looks like coat hangers? Holy coat hangers, I'd wager. What ever could it be?



Oh. Um. Sorry...i didn't mean to uh...diss...the...holy coat hangers...whatever...

Heh.

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Great pictures!
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Interesting shots. I'm surprised the synagogue looks so...classical. Figured they would've eschewed the Roman building styles...

The coat hangery thingy looks like it should have something growing on it - could it be some sort of trellis? Looks like benches underneath, maybe the idea is to grow some grapevines or something to shelter people sitting on the logs? It is a puzzlement...

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Very cool stuff dude
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Originally posted by tumblezweedz@Mar 9 2006, 10:03 AM
Interesting shots.* I'm surprised the synagogue looks so...classical.* Figured they would've eschewed the Roman building styles...
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I'd think so too, except that they were marginalized under the Romans and would have had far less resources to work with than the Romans. It would have been much more financially feasible to use what was more readily available, i.e. already-built Roman buildings, or pre-constructed decorative/structural elements like columns that were a dime a dozen in Roman architecture.

Amazing pictures, though. I wonder how many tourists head to Jerusalem or Bethlehem to see the city they know by name because of Jesus, but don't even know that he spent so much more of his life here.
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