Mount of Beatitudes on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee

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Church of the Beatitudes © Berthold Werner

Church of the Beatitudes © Berthold Werner

The Mount of Beatitudes is a hill in the Northern District of Israel, in the Korazim Plateau. It is where Jesus is believed to have delivered the Sermon on the Mount which started with the Beatitudes. Pope John Paul II celebrated a Mass at this site in March 2000. The Jesus Trail pilgrimage route connects the Mount to other sites from the life of Jesus.

A Byzantine church was erected lower down the slope from the current site in the 4th century, and it was used until the 7th century. Remains of a cistern and a monastery are still visible. The current Roman Catholic Franciscan chapel was built in 1937-38 following plans by Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi.

View on Mount of Beatitudes © flickr.com - Larry Koester/cc-by-2.0 View on Mount of Beatitudes © panoramio.com - vivali/cc-by-3.0 Church of the Beatitudes © Berthold Werner Church of the Beatitudes © Bukvoed/cc-by-4.0 Church of the Beatitudes © Posi66/cc-by-sa-3.0 Mount of Beatitudes © Bukvoed/cc-by-4.0 View on Mount of Beatitudes © Bukvoed/cc-by-4.0
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View on Mount of Beatitudes © flickr.com - Larry Koester/cc-by-2.0
The traditional location for the Mount of Beatitudes is on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, between Capernaum and the archeological site of Gennesaret (Ginosar), on the southern slopes of the Korazim Plateau. Its negative altitude (around 25 metres below sea level, nearly 200 metres above the Sea of Galilee) makes it one of the lowest summits of the world.

The actual location of the Sermon on the Mount is not certain, but the present site (also known as Mount Eremos) has been commemorated for more than 1600 years. The site is very near Tabgha. Other suggested locations for the Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount have included the nearby Mount Arbel, or even the Horns of Hattin.

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