The Mount of the Beatitudes is the site, where according to some Christian sources, Jesus chose the people would become the Twelve Apostles. In this same location, he delivered an important massage; one of his core teachings which is known today as “The Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew 5-7):
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you”
Today in this location you can visit The Church of the Mount of Beatitudes. It was built in 1938, according to a blueprint by the Italian architect Antonio Barluzsi. This Franciscan Church is octagonal, featuring eight walls adorned with stained glass; each representing one of the verses from Mathew 5-7. Next to the church is a beautiful garden which offers a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee, as well as Tiberias and Capernaum.