After we landed in Tel Aviv we picked up our luggage and went through customs with no problems at all. A bus picked us up at the airport and we headed toward the Mediterranean Coastal city of Joppa or Jaffa.
The port was what made Jaffa important through the ages, and also brought upon the town many conquerors interested in gaining control of the strategic port (among them also Napoleon). The port was active from Canaanite times until the mid 20th century.
It is even mentioned in the Bible as the port where Jona the prophet boarded a ship. Jonah 1:3 “But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa”
The church was built on the site believed by the Catholics to be the house of Simon the Tanner, where St. Peter stayed and had a famous dream which appears in the New Testament.
Acts 10:5 “And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.”
The Gate of Faith depicts three Biblical scenes from the Old Testament: the sacrifice of Isaac, Jacob’s dream and the conquest of Jericho.