The Church of Transfiguration is located atop Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee of the Holy Land. Mount Tabor is a remarkable site on the Bible, the place where Deborah and Bark fought the Canaanite.
Transfiguration Church on Mount Tabor in the Holy Land
As mentioned in the Gospels
The actual church is built in 1924 over the ruins of several churches built on the site since the 4th century.
It is the site where Jesus went through his transfiguration in from of his disciples Peter James and John, when the divine nature revealed and his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light while Jesus was speaking to Moses and Elijah.
Mosaic behind the altar in the Church of Transfiguration
The Current Transfiguration Church
This Catholic Church is one of the most important ones in the Christian World. It was designed by renowned Italian architect Antonio Barluzzi whose name was also linked to the Church of the Beatitudes.
It was designed in a way that the light enters creating a radiant atmosphere of the Transfiguration. Above the altar is an impressive mosaic depicting Jesus, Moses and Elijah at the time of the Transfiguration.
Next to the church is located a Franciscan Monastery and a Greek Orthodox Church named after the Prophet Elijah.
From the Church itself you may have an amazing view of the Jezreel Valley to the south and west as well as the hills of the Galilee, being one of the most beautiful sites in the Holy Land of Israel.
Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee Israel
Time of the Crusaders
The church has three grottoes once described as three chapels representing the three huts that Peter wanted to build, one for Jesus and the other two for Moses and Elijah.
Two chapels are located on the two towers of the church, one is the Chapel of Elijah and the second the Chapel of Moses. Moses and Elijah are some of the main characters in Judaism.
You may visit this church every day from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM TO 7:00 PM.
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