Mensa Christi Background

The ruins of Mensa Christi were first visited by Egeria, a Christian pilgrim in the year 385 CE. Egeria however makes no mention of a Christian edifice, merely a description of the rock-hewn steps (a port) that can still be seen today on the southern end of the church. The first church was built in Byzantine times and destroyed in the Crusader period. The rebuilt church reached its final demise in 1236 and would not be rebuilt until 1933 by the Franciscans.


The Church of the Primacy of Peter
Image Credit: Samson Tours

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