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Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee, Israel.
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Sea of Galilee, Israel, here seen from Jordan.

Sea of Galilee, Israel.
Sea of Galilee, Israel, next to the largest town of Tiberias.

Sea of Galilee, Israel.
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Satellite view of Sea of Galilee, Israel. Photo: NASA

Lake in Israel with a surface area of 166 km², a length of 23 km and a maximum width of 13 km. The maximum depth is 46 metres.
Although the surface of the lake is at 207 metres below sea level, the water is fresh. The Sea of Galilee is part of the Rift Valley system. The lake is part of the Jordan River system.
A beach surrounds the entire lake. The lake has a rich life and many birds live around it. Economic activity for the lake is restricted to fishing. The Sea of Galilee provides Israel with half of all its supply of fresh water. The main city along the lake is Tiberias.
For Christianity, the Sea of Galilee is of great importance, as it was the centre of much of the activity of Jesus and his disciples. In the Gospels it is often referred to as the Lake of Gennesaret.




By Tore Kjeilen