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Home of Simon the Tanner

According to ancient Christian traditions, this structure is the home of Simon the Tanner, a site sacred to Christianity.
According to tradition, Simon the Tanner (leatherworker) hosted here Peter, Jesus’ Apostle, during his travels in the Land of Israel.
The New Testament says that Peter performed a miracle in Jaffa – the resurrection of Tabitha, a woman known for her virtue, with the words “Tabitha, rise” (Acts 9). This miracle greatly increased the number of regional adherents to the newly-founded Christianity. Tabitha is still considered a saint representing charity and aid to others. During his stay at the home of Simon the Tanner, Peter dreamt a dream where he saw clean and unclean animals together. A heavenly voice told him to eat of the animals, and when he refused to eat unclean animals, the voice told him: “What God has made clean, do not call common.” Peter interpreted the dream as divine sanction to spread Christianity not only among Jews but also among the pagan Romans, and he agreed to convert Cornelius, a Roman centurion in Caesarea. This marked a historical turning point in the process of transforming Christianity into a universal religion. The house is owned by the Armenian Zakkarian family for a number of generations, and is closed to visitors.
On the roof of the house, the British mandate constructed a lighthouse serving the ships entering the Jaffa Harbor. Near the lighthouse is a small mosque, Jama al Bodrus (Peter’s Mosque), constructed in 1730, as well as a guardhouse nearby meant to defend the city against attacks from the sea.