Church of the Multiplication

Tabgha – Ein Sheva

Tabgha – home of two miracles, four fishes, twelve loaves of bread and one resurrection. 
Here you will find everything you need to know before visiting this holy site!


Why is Tabgha important?

Tabgha is the place where Jesus performed not one, but two miracles!
The first miracle is the “miracle of the five loaves and two fishes” (or “The Feeding of the 5000”) – where Jesus fed 5000 people with only five loaves and two fishes.

The second miracle is the miracle of the seven loaves and fish (or “The Feeding of the 4000”) – where seven loaves and two fishes were used by Jesus to feed a multitude.

The fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus also happened here.
So you can say that this is where the magic happens…


Where is Tabgha located?

Tabgha is located in today’s Ein Sheva. It is right on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel, just 2.5 km (1.5 mi.) from Capernaum.


What are the main Christian attractions in Tabgha?

The main Christian attractions in Tabgha include:

  • Church of the Multiplication – a Roman Catholic church. One of the main highlights of the church are its restored 5th-century mosaics – these are the earliest known examples of figurative floor mosaics in Christian art in the Holy Land.

    Mosaic in Church of the Multiplication
    Mosaic in Church of the Multiplication. Note the bread and fish under the altar
  • Church of the Primacy of Saint Peter – a Franciscan church that marks the place where Jesus appeared the fourth time after his resurrection. During his appearance, according to Catholic teaching, Jesus again conferred primacy on Peter.

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What should I know before visiting Tabgha?

Near the churches you can find Job’s spring and cave, a warm sulfuric spring named after the Biblical figure that was tested by God.
It is here where Job came to cure himself from the illness inflicted upon him by Satan.

Job's spring
Job’s spring, named after Biblical Job


Are there any fun facts about Tabgha?

Of course!

  • The site’s name is derived from the Greek name Heptapegon (“seven springs”).
  • In Hebrew it is called Ein Sheva, which means… seven springs.
  • Today, five springs are still flowing!