Magdala, the birthplace of Mary
Magdalene, was a prosperous fishing village at the
time Jesus was active in this region. The ruins of the
city are located on the northwest side of the Sea of
Galilee, near the nearby modern town of Migdal.
Magadala, or its Greek name
Taricheae, became an important city in the Hellenistic
period. Its location on the ancient road made it
strategically important (the road from Netufa valley,
via the Arbel valley, through Gennesareth valley on
the shores of the Sea of Galilee, towards north and
east). The water springs nearby, fertile land and
fishing industry - all these made it the center city
of one of the three Galilee regions in the Jewish
Kingdom prior to the Romans.
The ruins of this Roman village,
seen in the photo above, are now enclosed within a
wall. The archaeologists uncovered the remains of the
village dating from the time of Jesus, and a later Byzantine
monastery. A mosaic floor featuring a fisherman's boat
was found at the place.
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"And straightway he entered into a
ship with his disciples, and came
into the parts of Dalmanutha".
"And he sent away the multitude, and
took ship, and came into the coasts
Jesus sails to a town
near Magdala (also called Dalmanutha)