On the shores of Lake Tiberias, with a temperature of 39 degrees in the sunlight, the feast of Mary Magdalene was celebrated.
On the shores of Lake Tiberias, with a temperature of 39 degrees in the sunlight, the feast of Mary Magdalene was celebrated, by Christians who came from all over Galilee, but also from Jerusalem. A feast, which for the first time is commemorating Jesus’ faithful follower on the very day dedicated to her, and in the same place that—as confirmed by archaeologists—is part of the ancient town of Magdala.
And it was also here in 2009 that the priests of the Notre Dame Institute of Jerusalem began working on the construction of a retreat center. But during the excavation work for the foundations, a first-century synagogue was uncovered. Inside of it, the so-called “stone of Magdala” was also uncovered—one of the most important archaeological finds in Israel in 50 years, according to experts. It is considered a crossroads between Jewish and Christian history.