Duc In Altum
Duc In Altum provides a place for prayer, teaching and worship for Christians of all backgrounds and denominations. The building is dedicated to the public life of Jesus, his transforming encounters, and honors the women of the Bible and all women of faith through its Women´s Atrium.
Duc In Altum draws its name from Luke 5:4 where Jesus instructs Simon Peter to “launch into the deep” or “put out into deep water.” The edifice is composed of six chapels, including the main boat chapel, four smaller lateral mosaic chapels, an atrium dedicated to women as well as the lower level Encounter chapel with an impressive mural. Although a building of contemporary design, within it, visitors can find many details connecting the Christian faith to its Judaic roots as well as to ancient Byzantine traditions. Highlights of these include:
- First century mosaic patterns found in Magdala´s synagogue in the Women´s Atrium.
- Octagonal design within Duc in Altum attributed to Byzantine architecture.
- Byzantine type detailing across the Women´s Atrium and in the Mosaic Chapels.
- Original first century flooring in the lower level on which visitors can walk in Magdala´s ancient port marketplace.
- Encounter Chapel inspired in Magdala´s first century synagogue.
Additionally, the structure has become an architectural attraction in the North of Israel by Christians and non-Christians alike and an important fine art, music and cultural hub having hosted the Sea of Galilee International Choir Festival, the famous Israeli Udiana Choir and Magdalena´s Institute Fifth Women´s Encounter.