ZACHARY WONG, EL-ARAJ EXPEDITION
BASILICA OF BETHSAIDA. Several early Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land reported visiting a memorial basilica built over the so-called “House of Peter” at Bethsaida. At El-Araj, archaeologists have excavated a large sixth-century basilical church and an even older monastic complex that might fit the description. The basilica consists of a central nave (center of photo above) and two side aisles separated by rows of columns. The eastern apse contained the main altar space.