The Tomb of the Centurion at Capernaum

Very little is known about this tomb we label ’the Tomb of the Centurion’ at Capernaum. The tomb itself has all the features of classic early-mid Roman-sytle tomb (1st-4th century CE). The tomb is located between the Capernaum National Park and the Church of the Twelve Apostles at Capernaum. In 1866, C.W. Wilson records that he discovered two monumental tombs near here, and this tomb is likely one of them.

Local relgious Jews often gather here for prayer and you may still see the candles burning. They believe that the tomb belonged to an early Tannaic rabbi.

How to get there? When driving eastward past the Franciscan church turn right into the Capernaum National Park. Upon entry, make your first right as if you are headed towards the Greek Orthodox Church of the Twelve Apostles. Approximately 50 meters off to the right is the entrance to the banana fields. Park your car there and pass through the gate. Approximately another 50 meters off to the right is the entrance to the tomb. BEWARE of the snakes, banana spiders and scorpions. The tomb houses a family of bats throughout the day, so try not to use a flash on your camera and equip yourselves with a flashlight!


Professor Dr. James Charlesworth at the Entrance to the Tomb
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Dr. James Charlesworth inside the Chamber. The Tomb has beautifully Cut Limestone.
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Professor James Charlesworth inside the Main Hall of the Tomb
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A Sarcophagus inside the Tomb of the Centurion
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A Sarophagus with its Decorative Lid inside the Tomb of the Centurion
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Loculus Inside the Tomb
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