The Benedictine Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, called Tabgha in Arabic or Heptategon in Latin meaning – seven sources is located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee on the ancient roman road – The Via Maris.
The magnificent Byzantine mosaics of the church, dating from the sixth century, describe the migratory birds crossing the Holy land and resting at the Sea of Galilee.
Israel is the passage of migratory birds on their way to Africa heading to Europe, one never get tired of watching flights of storks, cranes, pelicans, cormorants, kingfishers, hawks and many others above our heads in Spring or Autumn.
There is also a Nilometer in this mosaic, a measure that was used in Egypt to know the height of the Nile.
The fact that a nilometer is shown in this mosaic implies either :
That this measure was used outside Egypt and the artist probably an Egyptian reproduced what he knew best.
We know as well that the nilometer allowed to know the water level of the lake meaning a better harvest if there was a lot of water and higher taxes to be pay by the farmers.