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The Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

The feeding of the 5000 is the only miracle performed by Jesus which is recorded in all four Gospels. This church in Tagbha, Israel is thought to be the site where it occurred. Unfortunately, the courtyard of the church was heavily damaged in a firebomb attack the year before our visit; repairs were under way. Graffiti in Hebrew script was spray-painted on the walls denouncing the worship of false idols. 16 juveniles were questioned and released without charges.

After the attack, leaders of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim faiths met at the site as a sign of unity, calling for the protection of the holy places.

Beneath the altar is the rock from which Jesus served 5000 people from five loaves of bread and two fish.