Northern Israel Virtual Tours - The Church of the Beatitudes court
Northern Israel Virtual Tours - The Church of the Beatitudes
The Church of the Beatitudes is built of local basalt, using white Nazareth stone for the arches and Roman travertine for the columns. From the arcaded ambulatory round the church, which is octagonal in plan, there are magnificent views of the Sea of Galilee. The eight sides of the church are dedicated, as Latin inscriptions in the interior indicate, to the eight Beatitudes with which the Sermon begins (Matthew 5,3-10), blessing the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake. The dome symbolizes the ninth Beatitude (Matthew 5,11-12), in which Christ addressed himself directly to those persecuted for his sake: "for great is your reward in heaven".
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