Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, was a prosperous fishing village at the time when Jesus was active in this region. The ruins of this Roman village is now enclosed within a wall. Archaeologists uncovered the remains of the village dating from the time of Jesus as well as a Byzantine monastery. A mosaic floor featuring a fisherman's boat was found at the place. Today the town is called Migdal.
In the winter of 1986 a 9 m long Roman boat was discovered by accident on the muddy shores of the sea of Galilee between Ginnosar and Magdala. It was after a dry season when the lake was very low. After 12 days of excavations on site the boat was transferred, and is now exhibited in the Yigal Alon Museum in Ginnosar, the Kibbutz just north of Magdala.
How to get there
The ruins of Magdala are located on the northwest side of the Sea of Galilee, 5 km north of Tiberias.