If not for its biblical significance, Tabgha strikes me as a pretty ordinary church. It’s less than a 10 minute drive away from the Mount of Beatitudes, and I thought since we’re here, all the way in Israel with a rental car, why not?
According to Wikipedia, Tabgha (in Hebrew it is called Ein Sheva which means “spring of seven”) is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after his Crucifixion. It was the site of a Palestinian Arab village in the 1940s.
There are some information boards which educate you on the place’s significance, and I can imagine, would be quite helpful for non-believers.
The Travelling Squid’s Take
I was stuck in a classic conundrum. Having come all the way, and driven 2.5 hours from Tel Aviv to the Sea of Galilee, it felt important that we visited some of this biblical places, even though they were not as exciting or interesting as I hoped it would have been.
To be honest, I think I would have had a more fun time if the day was spent in Tel Aviv visiting some museums but that being said, the grass is greener on the other side.
Would recommend a trip to Tabgha and Mount of Beatitudes? If you’re a believer, sure, given that these are places of great religious significance. But other than that, do come only if you’re looking for some peace and quiet.