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Mount of Beatitudes


Mount of Beatitudes or Mount Eremos is a small mountain (just 125 meters above surrounding plateau) on the shores of Sea of Galilee in Northern Israel famous as the site where Jesus Christ preached his famous teaching that became known as the Sermon on the Mount.




Location: Western Shores of Sea of Galilee






Description of Mount of Beatitudes

Mount of Beatitudes is a fairly tall hill towering at 125 meters above the South- Western shore of the Sea of Galilee. It is most famous as a location where Jesus Christ gave his famous Sermon on the Mount, which also gave its name. Additionally it was also here that Jesus picked his 12 apostles or close students. The place is revered by Christians since Byzantine times and first ruins of the Christian church date back to the early medieval period.


Each part of the sermon starts with the word "Blessed are the...", hence it became known as the Mount of Beatitudes. It was also here Jesus Christ chose his apostles. First Christian church on the hill top was constructed in the 4th century by the Byzantines. It was in use until 7th century when it was destroyed by the invading armies of the Persian Empire. Ruins of the a original monastery and water cisterns is still visible today.


Current prominent structure on the Mount of Beatitudes is a Roman Catholic Church constructed in 1937 under design of architect Antonio Barlutstsi. Octagonal shape of the tower is not accidental. It was designed to represent eight beatitudes mentioned in the Sermon. Today it belongs to the monastic order of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Additionally inside the church eight alabaster windows record eight beatitudes. In 1984 church got its mosaic floor designed by Vasco Nasorri. Hill top of the Mount of Beatitudes opens a great view of the Sea of Galilee and surrounding lands below.









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