Capernaum Synagogue Capernaum, Israel 2nd-5th C
The "white synagogue" of Capernaum dates from the 2nd to 5th centuries and is believed to stand on the site of a synagogue visited by Jesus.
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- CapernaumCapernaum SynagogueKefar Nahum
- 32.881110° N, 35.575211° E
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The synagogue of Capernaum is located just inland from the shore with its facade facing Jerusalem. It has been difficult to date, with scholarly opinion ranging from the 2nd to 5th centuries. It stands on an elevated position, was richly decorated and was built of imported white limestone, which would have contrasted dramatically with the local black basalt of the rest of the village. All of this would have given the building great beauty and status. The "white synagogue" has a basilica-type plan, with a small terrace on the front (south) and a court on the east side. continue reading →
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