Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor
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SmartTraveler
Muar, Malaysia658 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Mount Tabor is a small hill.Pine forest covered the elevation. The Sea of Galilee is nearby. There are a Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic churches, Franciscan monasteries and Byzantine ruins on the hilltop.

The Transfiguration of Christ is one of the 5 milestones. Jesus began to radiate and conversed with Moses and Elijah on this hill. He was proclaimed the Son of God on Mount Tabor. The transfiguration uplifted Jesus above both the prophets of Judaism.

We are inside the Church of Transfiguration. It is a basilica church dedicated to Jesus, Moses, and Elijah. There are 2 chapels and one main church clustered into a building. The Grotto of Christ is at the center of the church. The chapels of Elijah and Moses are beside.

The Church of Transfiguration was built next to the surrounding ruins. The church was designed by Antonio Barluzzi,  built in 1924, and ministered by the Franciscans.
Written March 28, 2023
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA4,314 contributions
Nov 2022
It takes time to visit here because we have to wait for small vans to go up the hill on a short drive, sometimes there are crowds and there is a wait. There is a majestic church with beautiful grounds, including ruins on one side and a wonderful view vista on the other. Everything closes just at dusk, we made it just in time to see the church before they shooed us out!
Written January 25, 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,983 contributions
Nov 2022
The journey to this church is part of the experience. Even small coaches cannot reach the top of the mountain so you have to transfer to a minibus for the final mile or 2 on a very bendy road. The views are amazing. The church itself is prominent and set in small well tended and peaceful grounds. There are a couple of balconies on either side of the entrance which again provide good views. Inside there is the main alter with a number of chapels below all decorated with paintings representing the old and new testaments. At the transfer point on the way down you can try the local pomegranate juice.
Written December 16, 2022
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX691 contributions
Jul 2019
Mt. Tabor is accessible by shuttle van up a long, narrow winding road. It is several miles of twists and turns from the shuttle van stop to the parking lot at the top of the mountain. The road and ride up is wooded and quite scenic with nice views over the valley in places where the road is close to the edge and the trees open up.
At the top of Mount Tabor, the Church stands as a testimony to the miracle that took place on this spot: The Transfiguration of Our Lord.
The Church has altars on upper and lower levels as well as smaller chapel altars dedicated to Moses and Elijah on a lower level each with significant paintings and artwork.
Outside a viewing area has been provided overlooking the entire valley to the south.
Any Pilgrim to the Holy Land will want to visit Mt. Tabor!
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Written May 2, 2020
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FredPurdue
Seattle, WA2,240 contributions
Feb 2020
The Church on Mt Tabor honors the transfiguration of Jesus, is extremely popular and is accessed through a shuttle bus system. My focus here is for the amateur photographer. First, it is crowded at the lower shuttle station, the mini-buses are full, so travel lightly. No tripod. A DSLR with a zoom lens works nicely. Oddly, once on top, the use of shuttles means that the church and grounds are not overwhelmed with people. Exterior is interesting with fortifications to one side. Interior is dark, so use ISA rather than a flash. Check white balance re the lighting. Panoramas in the interior work well, meaning you can expect post-processing. Finally, no lavatories on top, so use the exact change, gated lavs at the lower shuttle stop.
Written April 21, 2020
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brit933
Solbjerg, Denmark217 contributions
Mar 2020
The ride up the mountain had some stunning views but when you reached the gate a sign said private property next to a bord stating opening hours which was quite confusing but it wa ok to go through the gate and see the place where Jesus was transfigured in Front of the disciples
Written March 15, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,665 contributions
Jan 2020
At one time, pilgrims had to climb 4,300 steps to get to the top of Mount Tabor that stands at 1929 ft (588 m) tall. Today, shuttles from Tabor’s Terminal whisk you up a narrow winding road with tight curves (thanks to our friendly and experienced driver for a safe ride!). Christian tradition identifies Mount Tabor as the site of the Transfiguration of Christ. The Gospels tell us that Jesus took Apostles Peter, James and John up the mountain to pray. Jesus was illuminated with shining white light and the prophets Moses and Elijah appeared beside Jesus in conversation, and the voice of God announced that Jesus was the Son of God. This event is beautifully captured in the Church of the Transfiguration. Part of a Franciscan monastery complex, the current church was completed in 1924 on top of Byzantine and Crusader ruins. It was designed by Italian Antonio Barluzzi, genius architect of many of the Holy Land’s churches. In the upper church over the main altar, a stunning mosaic on gold background depicts the Transfiguration. A lovely chapel sits under the main altar, and chapels dedicated to Elijah and Moses are in the church’s two towers. There is a viewing platform on the side of the church that provides a striking panoramic of the Jezreel Valley which has its own significance as the Valley of the Armageddon. We were blessed to celebrate Mass in one of the grotto chapels. It is moving to experience scripture at the very place it occurred!
Written March 9, 2020
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Zuzana Cizikova
73 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
Very nice place, have worship there :) very quiet, nice atmosphere and awesome views ❤️
We have travelled there by bus (cca 10-12 people)
Written March 4, 2020
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uribarkai
45 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Interesting Christian historical site.
Visit with a tour guide.
Nice views.a lot of history.
Recommended.
Written February 1, 2020
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Hank H
Virginia542 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Although breezy and cold, the sky was deep blue and the views from the top stunning when we visited. Even more, though, was the view inside this gorgeous church with magnificent mosaics. For you history buffs, there are even glass covered floor cut-outs to see remnants of the 4th century church that was here until the Crusaders lost it to Saladin, as well as the rock on which Jesus was transfigured.

TIP 1: Catholics should time their visit to coincide with a mass said in the lower altar - very memorable!

TIP 2: Don’t miss the practically hidden chapels with beautiful frescos of Elijah and Moses.
Written January 25, 2020
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