Magdala on Sea of Galilee

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Magdala Nunayya (Magdala of the fishes) was an important Jewish city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, established during the Hasmonean period, centuries before neighboring Tiberias. In Christian tradition it is the birthplace of Mary Magdalene and where Jesus went after he fed the five thousand (Mark 8:10).

Q: What do you get when you cross a hotel, a new spiritual center and an archaeological site at the historical location of Magdala/Tarichaea overlooking the Sea of Galilee?

A: The Magdala Center, a new tourist and pilgrim destination.

The original excavations at the site were done by the Franciscan, Corbo in the 1970s. Paved streets and a large colonnaded square typical of a Roman city were found, along with buildings with mosaic floors. On the floor of one urban villa, an image of a sailing ship, a type of Mediterranean vessel modified for the lake, was found in mosaic. Scholars think that boats like…

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