Synagogue at Capernaum (400 AD)
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Go Historic ID
319321
names
Capernaum
Capernaum Synagogue
Kefar Nahum
coordinates
32.881110° N, 35.575211° E
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    by 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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Submitted by
Holly Hayes
Published
October 8, 2013
Last updated
July 11, 2014

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