Sites & cities that bear the name of Capernaum


First trace of activity : ca. 2nd century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 11th century C.E
Recorded names : Kfar Naḥūm, Kapharnaoúm, Kepharnōkón, Kapharnaoúm, Kapernaoúm, Capharnaum, Kafr Nāḥūm

Description : Capernaum ( kə-PUR-nee-əm, -⁠nay-əm; Hebrew: כְּפַר נַחוּם‎, romanized: Kfar Naḥūm, lit. 'Nahum's village'; Arabic: كفر ناحوم‎, romanized: Kafr Nāḥūm) was a fishing village established during the time of the Hasmoneans, located on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. It had a population of about 1,500. Archaeological excavations have revealed two ancient synagogues built one over the other. A house turned into a church by the Byzantines is said to be the home of Saint Peter. The village was inhabited continuously from the 2nd century BC to the 11th century AD, when it was abandoned sometime before the Crusader conquest. This includes the re-establishment of the village during the Early Islamic period soon after the 749 earthquake.

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