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The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

The feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle performed by Jesus which is recorded in all four Gospels. This church in Tagbha, Israel is thought to be the site where it occurred. Unfortunately, the courtyard of the church was heavily damaged in a firebomb attack the year before our visit; repairs were under way. Graffiti in Hebrew script was spray-painted on the walls denouncing the worship of false idols. 16 juveniles were questioned and released without charges.

After the attack, leaders of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths met at the site as a sign of unity, calling for the protection of the holy places.



Beneath the altar is the rock from which Jesus served 5000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish.



38 comments:

  1. Now, this church I have been to! I remember when the horrible damage was done. So sad and, happily, not a regular occurrence here.

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  2. I feel so sad when some of the amazing historial sites around the world are damaged, bombed or ruined. Thankfully they have saved this fabulous place and isn't it wonderful to hear that the four different religions came together. We need more of this in the world. Thanks so much for sharing and for the link up.
    Have a great week :D

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  3. How I hope and pray that one day all will follow the example of love and respect no matter one's personal beliefs.

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  4. ...unity is a wonderful thing.

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  5. I couldn't tell what was under the alter...it looked like an animal or something. Thank you for saying it was a rock!

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  6. it is so sad when great historical sites are damaged.

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  7. I'm glad the interior of this church was not damaged.

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  8. What a beautiful place. It should be a place of unity and it is sad when people decide to destroy things.

    I am so glad that it wasn't destroyed. Thanks for pics.

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  9. love the clean simple lines-very peaceful!

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  10. Great you visited the historical churches in Israel.The hallmark is that, this place represents the birth of Christianity.

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  11. It's a beautiful place.Nice to read bit of the history...

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  12. I love the simplicity of the room!

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  13. Good to know that there is unity in the leaders.

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  14. What amazing photos and a wonderful place to have visited. Happy Tuesday!

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  15. Hello,
    what a wonderful church, what a wonderful place. Thanks for visiting und sharing!
    Have a nice day
    moni

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  16. Beautiful church and so great that the leaders united. Thanks for hosting and have a glorious week!

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  17. What a blessing to be able to visit the Holy Land.

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  18. Oh that's so sad but still very beautiful!

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  19. Beautiful photos and so sad to learn this place was damaged by vandals. I am happy however that religious leaders came together in friendship to work on ways this does not happen again.

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  20. what a beautiful and Holy place. Its so sad when they get damaged.

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  21. Vandalism of this sort is so sad!

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  22. Glad to be learning about Israel thru your posts. It is very saw ro read the different things that happen in there (related to violent attacks).

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  23. How amazing to be in such a historic and holy place. It made us sad to read that vandals defaced it like that. :(

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  24. It's an wonderful place! Beautiful fotos!

    Thanks for hostig! Happy ww to you, Marie

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  25. thank you for taking us to this beautiful church. I don't understand how people can desecrate holy places - whether they believe or not. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  26. Sue, I hate the church courtyard was damaged and it amazes me how many of the Biblical and Historical landmarks survive in that part of the world over time. Also, I find it fascinating how people preserve points of significance like the rock from which Jesus stood to feed the multitude. What an awesome trip this must have been and I surely do appreciate you sharing your experience with us through your photo essay each WW! :) Have a good day, my friend!

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  27. A great church, the candlestick is very impressive.
    Greetings from Germany
    Falk

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  28. Beautiful to see and amazing to hear that the faiths came together to protect the site and help to rebuild it. Lovely! I would love to go and see these places one day. - Tasha

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  29. A wonderful place to be. Beautiful pictures.

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  30. Sad to hear about the damage but I am glad to hear that it is being fixed. Beautiful pics, as always. Hope your arm is better.
    :)
    Traci

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  31. Wow, what an amazingly holy place. Shame that some people must disrespect that.

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  32. Such wonderful images! A lovely place! Best regards!

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  33. I am so enjoying the history and the photos from your visit Sue and I am learning so much each time. If all religions showed the respect and love for one and all there would be no more fighting nor wars. What would that be like! Wow.

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  34. What a beautiful church, shows that simplicity can be the key to beauty.

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  35. I've always wanted to go to Isreal! Thank you for sharing your pictures!

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  36. What a fantastically historical site. Wow!

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