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View looking north at the "Church of the Twelve Apostles" that is built on the antiquity site of Capernaum.
Notice the staircase that leads down into the Sea of Galilee. During years with better rainfall, the water level is close to the top of the stairs!
The Greek Orthodox Church purchased the property in the nineteenth century. In 1925 the "Church of the Twelve Apostles" was built. After the founding of Israel in 1848, the monastery turned out to be in "no man's land"—and thus not accessible. It fell into decay. In 1969, after the Six Days War of 1967, the monastery became accessible and in the 1990s the church was refurbished.