The Sea of Galilee has been known by several names throughout history and is mentioned in the Bible. Towering above the Sea of Galilee and offering a magnificent view the shimmering blue lake, sits the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. This beautiful area has lovely grounds that provide a fitting atmosphere in which to meditate, pray, or sing. Some late traditions of Christianity place this mountain on the area in which Jesus picked his 12 apostles. In the late 1930’ s architect Antonio Barluzzi built a graceful gray-and-white stone sanctuary on the mountaintop. Its octagonal walls commemorate the Eight Beatitudes; each graced with the first words of one of the eight verses.