Church of St. Peter Jaffa – Israel

 

Church of St Peter in Jaffa IsraelThe Church of St. Peter in Old Jaffa, overlooks the picturesque fishing port and has for over a century been a beacon signaling to sea-weary pilgrims that the Holy Land was near.

The Church of St. Peter is a charming red brick facade and an unusual accent in a city built of stone; its interior, with vaulted ceilings, stained-glass windows, marble-covered walls and a huge painting over the altar of Peter’s visitation by an angel, recalls churches in the Italian tradition.

The Church of St. Peter, which holds daily Mass in several languages for a lively local congregation, was built in 1654 over a medieval fortress. In the late eighteenth century it was twice destroyed, and the present structure was completed in 1894.

World history is never far away anywhere in Israel, and the Church of St. Peter is no exception: a room at the church reportedly hosted Napoleon Bonaparte when he came to the city in 1799.