Tel Hadar Sea of Galilee
A significant stop on tours of holy sites in northern Israel, Tel Hadar is the place where Jesus performed the second miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish. According to the Books of Mark and Matthew, after sailing across the Sea of Galilee, Jesus arrived at Tel Hadar and miraculously fed 4,000 hungry people with just seven loaves of bread and a few small fish.
Situated on the northeastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, Tel Hadar is a relatively new destination on Christian Holy Land tours. Pilgrims who travel to the ruins of Tel Hadar should be sure to look for the recently erected monument on the west side of the site. The stone includes engraved depictions of seven loaves of bread and small fish, as well as the seven baskets that the disciples filled with leftovers at the conclusion of the meal.
The public beaches of Hof Dugit and Hof Golan, just north of the large water park called Luna Gal, provide access to the site. At the site itself, look for the low ruins in the shape of walls, which were originally intended to protect the area from water from the Sea of Galilee, which fluctuates in size throughout each year. From the peak of Tel Hadar, you’ll be able to see the Sea of Galilee with ease. Most of the year, the site is covered in heavy overgrowth which is periodically cleared away. As more pilgrims travel to Tel Hadar, it is likely to become better maintained.
As you’ll learn on a visit to the site, in biblical times, Tel Hadar was a walled city. Archaeologists from the University of Tel Aviv, working in the late 1980s, have identified six layers of ruins on Tel Hadar and date its origins to 16th century BC, the Middle Bronze Age.