The Sea of Galilee is approximately 53 km in circumference
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Cana of Galilee - Israel Tours

Cana is best known as the place where Jesus performed his first public miracle

Christian Israel tours often visit wonderful sites such as Cana because of the rich first-hand experience they provide those who pilgrim to Israel to see for themselves the places they have only been able to read about. Cana, the Arab village of Kafr Cana located in Lower Galilee, is often referred to as Cana of the Galilee. It is the place where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. Kafr Cana was officially recognized by the Vatican in the 17th century, being confirmed by the pope that Kafr Cana is the same as Cana of the Galilee. As a result, Cana was added to the list of holy places in the Christian faith, which increased its popularity amongst tours to the Holy Land. There was a large Jewish population here in the Roman-Byzantine period (1-2 millennia ago), but this changed by the Mameluke period (800 years ago) and the majority of residents were Christians by this time. There are still a few remains from ancient buildings and burial caves in the center of the village, though the villagers have built new houses to the southeast and northeast. Arguably the most important site is the Catholic Church which was built in 1879 on the site where the water was turned to wine. Next to this church is the Greek Orthodox church of St. George, which was built in 1886 and supposed contains the stone jars which followers believed held the miraculous wine. A third church was built on the site where Jesus’ disciple Bartholomew’s house stood. In commemoration of the miraculous changing of water to wine at the wedding in Cana, it has become a popular destination wedding site as a result. Known for its archaeological sites, wine and miraculous history, Cana is a popular and wonderful site to add to your Israel tour.

John Chapter 2:1-11

1 On the third day there was a marriage at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 Jesus also was invited to the marriage, with his disciples. 3 When the wine failed, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now six stone jars were standing there, for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. 8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the steward of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Every man serves the good wine first; and when men have drunk freely, then the poor wine; but you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

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