I would have to say that the
site of most interest to me was at
This latter comment is not
an indictment of cathedrals, liturgy, or medieval worship per se. It is an acknowledgement that the
I must also say that the Franciscans have obscured the value of the site to me by putting this spider church on top of it. They deserve great praise for buying and preserving the site these last 100 years, but you now need a flashlight and to be able to stoop to see it very well.
Accordingly, my photos are poor representations. The best photos were the aerial photos before 1990ish when the spider spun its web.
Entrance to the site:
The earliest octagonal church (there are outer rings of later church expansions) on top of a housing area (several rooms opening on to a common courtyard).
Below is the later synagogue. It is agreed that the top part is much later than Jesus’ day. However, some scholars think that a first century synagogue lies somewhere beneath.
Nevertheless, we must
consider the strong possibility that the “synagogues” of
The current monstrosity below (not me, the spider church in the background):