Church of the Multiplication

Altar at the Church of the Multiplication

At the Church of the Multiplication is the location where Jesus blessed the loaves and fish, then fed the multitude of people. The altar of the Church of the Multiplication was built right over a rock. From the year 28 to 350 A.D., Judeo-Christians have venerated this rock where Jesus placed the loaves and fish.  In 350, the first church was built here and the rock was used as the altar.

In 480, a Byzantine church replace the original building. The rock was reduced in size and moved to underneath the new altar. The mosaic tile floor in front of the rock is a remnant from that church. Click on it to get a better look at the mosaic.