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MAGNIFICENT MAGDALA. Archaeologists have uncovered two synagogues at Magdala, located on the Sea of Galilee. The first was a particularly beautiful place to assemble—with colorful frescoed walls, painted columns, and mosaic floors (the latter visible at bottom of the photo). The synagogue’s main assembly room had three rows of benches and a mysterious stone in its center. The reconstruction shows how the synagogue may have looked during Jesus’s day.