Even two thousand years after Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount near the Sea of Galilee, there isn’t much to see.
If it wasn’t for a few religious buildings built on the site to commemorate the most important speech ever given, it would be a few unknown farms on a beautiful hillside overlooking a large freshwater lake. The Church of the Beatitudes is on the site at lat/lon 32.8806 35.5559
Photos from Tourists in Israel
Capernaum is on the beach directly behind the church but the view of it is blocked by the hillside.
It is three miles from the yellow pushpin over to the river Jordan outlet into the Sea of Galilee and one mile to Capernaum along the same line. Even today the population is sparse and the fishermen few. Where would the multitudes walk from to hear a short sermon on an open hillside? The trees around the church are eucalyptus and palms introduced about a hundred years ago.
Most of these buildings are probably modern but there are some remarkable stone ruins at Capernaum about a mile to the right of this photo.
The image is from Crystal Links. This beautiful site must have been trodden upon by Neanderthals a half a million years ago, and by modern humans about fifty thousand years ago and by Jesus two thousand years ago. Those things are remarkable and yet the place is almost desolate now except for the commemorative buildings.
Important things can happen in desolate places.