The Church of the Loaves and Fishes is also known as the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes or simply as the Church of the Multiplication. It is situated on Sea of Galilee’s Northwestern shore in Tabgha which had its ancient name as Heptapegon. The first structures of this Church were laid down in the fourth and the fifth centuries and till today, the Church of the Loaves and Fishes still preserves the fabulous Christian mosaic on its walls and ceilings.
The modern building of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes also has the traditional stone which is reported to be historically as well as religiously significant because it served as the site of the miraculous meal which was laid down for five thousand people by Jesus Christ. There are recurrent mentions of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes in the Bible as well where the miraculous meal is accounted as a significantly important event in the Christian history. Gospel specifies the meal site to be a far-flung place somewhere on the Sea of Galilee’s shores and does not describe Church of the Loaves and Fishes as the real site for it.
Mark describes Jesus and all his devoted disciples to venture on the journey to a far-flung area so as to observe peace and tranquility. By the time they arrived at the site of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, it was time for dinner and it was difficult to get enough food for five thousand people at that time as they weren’t in some village. Thereon, Jesus laid out a miraculous meal for his devoted five thousand disciples by multiplying the two fishes and five loaves that they already had with them. All the people gathered around and sat down on the grass by making groups of fifties and hundreds. All of these five thousand people then took loaves and fishes and ate to their heart’s content.
The Church of the Loaves and Fishes is religiously sacred because of the miraculous meal, site of pilgrimage and because of Jesus orders to Peter to take care of his sheep. Later, this place also got attributed as the site where the holy Sermon took place. It is quite a fertile area with shady palm trees and an ample food supply; hence it also used to be the site of picnic for the Byzantine pilgrims.