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The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. And he found Philip and said to him, "Follow me." Now Philip was from Beth-sa'ida, the city of Andrew and Peter. (John 1:43-44)

The remains of the town of Bethsaida, located on a hill overlooking the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, offers a commanding view of the lake. Bethsaida means "House of the Fisherman".  Near here Jesus fed the 5,000 (Luke 9:10) and healed a blind man (Mark 8:22).  Three of his apostles, Peter, Andrew and Philip, were from Bethsaida.  Jesus rebuked this town along with Chorazin for its lack of response to his message and miracles (Matt. 11:21; Luke 10:13). 

[Bethsaida was recently excavated]
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Main street of Bethsaida

View towards town of Chorazin


Remains of the Fisherman's House where many fishing implements were found

Remains of  Wine Grower's House include a wine cellar with wine jars
and pruning hooks
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