"In 1936 the Associazione Italiane built on the mountain the beautiful Shrine of the Beatitudes and a hospice next to it. Both institutions are run by the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The church, designed by the architect Barlozzi, is octagonal, each of its eight walls commemorating on of the Beatitudes. The mosaic floor is decorated with symbols of the seven virtues of man referred to in the sermon. There is a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee from the church and from the hospice; between the church and the monastery is a lovely garden."
The hospice is where we stayed. This and the following photos are of the shrine and the view from the hospice.
It had rained overnight so the seats at the site for the outdoor Mass were wet. The Italian Franciscan sister in charge thought we would prefer to have our Mass indoors, but Father Tom told her "No, We're crazy Americans and we want to be outside." The view and the day were glorious. The sun was glinting off the Sea of Galilee in front of us, and birds were hopping around and tweeting during the Mass. Father Koller's homily was a straight reading of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-6). There we were, on that very mountain, hearing the Master's very words.