26. Caesarea Philippi

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Caesarea Philippi is located at the foot of Mount Hermon. This spring is one of the headwaters of the Jordan River. Herod Philip, who ruled this area, built a city here in honor of Caesar (his emperor) and himself; the city was called previously Panias and today is called Banias as well as Caesarea Philippi.

Significant Event: The Savior met with His disciples at Caesarea Philippi. Here Peter declared that the Savior was “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” The Savior then promised Peter “the keys of the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 16:13–20). (See BD Caesarea Philippi.)