Domus Galilaeae, Latin for House of the Galilee, is an international center for Seminarians to complete their formation before being ordained, for studies and retreat, for christian seminars and conve
Domus Galilaeae, Latin for House of the Galilee, is an international center for Seminarians to complete their formation before being ordained, for studies and retreat, for christian seminars and conventions. It's goal was to have a center in direct contact with the living tradition of Israel, following the footsteps of many Fathers of Church who returned to their Hebrew roots to understand the meaning of prayer, of feasts, and Hebrew liturgies, which were the daily food The Lord Jesus Christ. Domus Galilaeae was planned to help Christians to deepen the roots of their faith; a place to build peace and to "see God", as Patriarch Sabah said as he laid the first stone.
Situated near Korazim, above the Sanctuary of Beatitudes, toward the top of the mountain known as the Beatitudes, directly in front of Lake Tiberius, the Sea of Galilee, opposite Capernaum and Tabgah, the place of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. The Gospel of Matthew, after the temptations in the desert, tells of the return of Jesus to Galilee (ch.5,1-20). After having spoken of the mission of Jesus in northern Galilee and in the Decapolis, and after the institution of the first apostles, it writes: "Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the mountain and, after he sat down, his disciples came near him. Then, he began to speak…" and he pronounced the Sermon of the Mount.
The original project is by Kiko Argüello, a famous Spanish painter, together with Carmen Hernandez, and helped by international architects Mattia del Prete, Antonio Avalos, Alberto Durante and Guillermo Soler, who designed a complex with very modern lines, which at the same time blends harmoniously with the natural surroundings. Construction began in January 1999, under the direction of a Hebrew architect, Dan Mochly from Haifa, in collaboration with an Argentinean architect, Rev. Daniel Cevilan, with the laying of the first stone, which contained a fragment of the tomb of St. Peter. It was inaugurated by the Holy Father Pope John Paul II during his Millennium Visit on March 24, 2000. He was quoted as saying "The Lord was waiting for you on this Mount" while blessing the Sanctuary of the Word.
Each of the rooms and halls is uniquely designed. The library for example, specializing in books about the Sermon on the Mount, is designed as a mirror of the universe with stars in the ceiling, a glass sphere in it's center, and a Torah scroll as its centerpiece, written 300 years ago. Architectural design allows natural light to filter in to the structure at different angles depending on the time of day.