The Sea of Galilee is one of the most beautiful sites in Israel
It is known by many names. In Hebrew is called Lake Kineret due to its form as a harp. It is also called Lake of Gennesaret and Sea of Tiberias.
It is located in northern Israel in the area called Galil or the Galilee in English. It is near the Golan Heights and the Hula Valley. It is approximately 22 Km or 14 miles long by 14 Km of 8 miles wide.
The total area of the lake is 166 km². It is 212 meters below sea level and considered to be the lowest fresh water lake on Earth. The Dead Sea is the lowest point in the world but it is a salt water lake,
The Kineret is located on the Syria African rift, a valley caused by the separation of the Arabian and African plates. The area has experienced volcanic activities and earthquakes during centuries.
View of the Sea of Galilee from the fields surrounding it
The Cradle of Christianism
The Sea of Galilee has been in the center of Christianity for two thousand years. Many important sites to Judaism and Christianity surround the lake:
The Church on top of Mount of Beatitudes in Israel
This is where Jesus spent most of his life
The site of the tomb of Rabbi Meir in Tiberias near the shore
Beaches around the Lake
The beaches that surround the lake in its whole circumference are varied in their style. Some have white sand and some rocks; some are wide and some are narrow.
But no matter which one of them, they attract tourists and locals alike year round. You should see the Kinereth on a holiday like Passover. If you drop a pin it will fall on somebody’s head.
From these shores one can take many nature excursions bordering the lake and climbing to the Golan Heights or following the Jordan River upstream all the way to:
With this spectacular view Jesus preached the "Sermon of the Mountain"
The Kineret is a favorite spot for Israeli Vacationers
The Sea of Galilee is the main provider of fresh water to the whole country, therefore during winter everybody in the country prays for rains and the counting of millimeters of rain on a daily basis is common practice. The Kineret is a national symbol.
kineret from tiberias by jfreeman
beatitudes church by jawcey
tomb of rabbi meir by tiberias municipality
view from beatitudes by guggamij
hamat gader n/a
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