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    Church of the Transfiguration 2

    by machomikemd Written Sep 3, 2013
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    Part two of My Tips with more pictures inside

    The Church of the Transfiguration is one of the most beautiful Christian Church in the whole of the Middle East. The church was built and destroyed several times throughout it's history. This present Church was built in 1924 and lies atop a Byzantine and a Crusader Church which some parts can be seen via the transparent fiberglass in some areas of the church. The church was designed by the famed italian architect and Franciscan Monk, Antonio Barluzzi, who also designed several Roman Catholic Churches in the Sea Of Galilee region and part of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This church celebrates the most important miracle of Jesus, which was the Transfiguration in which Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called Son by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus. The Greek Orthodox Church dedicated to the Prophet Elijah sit just a stone's throw away from this church.

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    The church contains three grottoes belonging to the Crusader church. They were described by Jonas Korte, a publisher from Eldena, as "three chapels, with a small altar. They are called tabernacles, and they are said to represent the three huts which Peter desired to build, one for his Master (Jesus) the other two for Moses and Elias (Elijah)".

    The Grotto of Christ is in the eastern part of the church. Steps lead down to a lower level containing a sanctuary roofed with a modern vault.

    There is a chapel in each of the two towers at the western end of the church. The Chapel of Elijah is located in the south tower; the north tower holds the Chapel of Moses.

    In the upper part of the church there is a mosaic on a gold ground representing the Transfiguration.[3] On Aug 6th, which is the "day of the Transfiguration" in some church calendars, the sun strikes a glass plate set into the floor so that the golden mosaic is briefly illuminated

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    Church of the Transfiguration 1

    by machomikemd Written Sep 3, 2013
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    The Church of the Transfiguration is one of the most beautiful Christian Church in the whole of the Middle East. The church was built and destroyed several times throughout it's history. This present Church was built in 1924 and lies atop a Byzantine and a Crusader Church which some parts can be seen via the transparent fiberglass in some areas of the church. The church was designed by the famed italian architect and Franciscan Monk, Antonio Barluzzi, who also designed several Roman Catholic Churches in the Sea Of Galilee region and part of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. This church celebrates the most important miracle of Jesus, which was the Transfiguration in which Jesus and three of his apostles go to a mountain (the Mount of Transfiguration). On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. Jesus is then called Son by a voice in the sky, assumed to be God the Father, as in the Baptism of Jesus. The Greek Orthodox Church dedicated to the Prophet Elijah sit just a stone's throw away from this church.

    according to wikipedia:

    The church contains three grottoes belonging to the Crusader church. They were described by Jonas Korte, a publisher from Eldena, as "three chapels, with a small altar. They are called tabernacles, and they are said to represent the three huts which Peter desired to build, one for his Master (Jesus) the other two for Moses and Elias (Elijah)".

    The Grotto of Christ is in the eastern part of the church. Steps lead down to a lower level containing a sanctuary roofed with a modern vault.

    There is a chapel in each of the two towers at the western end of the church. The Chapel of Elijah is located in the south tower; the north tower holds the Chapel of Moses.

    In the upper part of the church there is a mosaic on a gold ground representing the Transfiguration.[3] On Aug 6th, which is the "day of the Transfiguration" in some church calendars, the sun strikes a glass plate set into the floor so that the golden mosaic is briefly illuminated

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    Mountain Hiking to Mount Tabor and to the Church

    by machomikemd Written Sep 3, 2013
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    Some Christian Pilgrims, mostly from western europe, would go to the top of Mount Tabod via Hiking all the way up coming from the Taxi Roundabout. why? since they can easily afford the round trip fare of the Mount Tabor Taxis, you would say right. but for these christian pilgrims, they want to follow the foot steps of Jesus and some of his apostles who climb the mountain by only using their legs. Many of these pilgrims are oldtimers and they have climbing shoes and gear and even climbing sticks to help them go up the mountain and then proceed to the Church of The Transfiguration with their priests or pastors and then listen to mass inside (if a roman catholic) or just do outdoor mass (if protestant or evangelical christian).

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    Church of the Transfiguration Vista Point

    by machomikemd Written Aug 24, 2013
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    at the Right Side of the Church of the Transfiguration, after the south tower, there are steps going to a large vista point where you can take tons of photos and videos of the fertile Jezreel Valley Below and if you have a really powerful optical zoom camera like we did (35x and 48x optical zoom) then you can see Nazareth, Mount Precipice, even the mountains of Haifa, Afula town and Kefar Tavor Town Below. Or you can just meditate and say a prayer with the panoramic background of the Jezreel Valley and the Nazareth Mountains from the horizon.

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    Mount Tabor

    by machomikemd Written Aug 24, 2013
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    Mount Tabor is the main tourist draw of Kefar Tavor Town as it is the main christian pilgrimage area from around the world as it was identified as early as the 4rth century as the setting of one of Jesus's Miracles, the Transfiguration. In fact, there are two Churches lying Side by side atop mount Tabor, The Roman Catholic Church of the Transfiguration and the Greek Orthodox Church of the Prophet Elijah. Mount Tabor’s distinctly rounded shape rises 575 meters above the eastern end of the Jezreel Plain and 11 km west of the Sea of Galilee making it easily recognizable as it is an isolated mountain from the Nazareth Mountain Range. It is also the setting for the site of the Mount Tabor battle between Barak under the leadership of the Israelite judge Deborah, and the army of Jabin commanded by Sisera, in the mid 14th century BC, according to the Old Testament.

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    Mount Tabor

    by gubbi1 Updated Feb 1, 2011
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    Beside of its religious meaning Mount Tabor offers very great views into the surrounding landscapes. Already when coming into the region I notices this extremely well shaped mountain without knowing it is Mount Tabor. Beside the church there is a platform from where you can enjoy the view. In case you stop on your way up or down along the road, take care that others can see you and your car. The street is pretty narrow.

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    Church of the Transfiguration

    by gubbi1 Updated Feb 1, 2011
    Church of the Transfiguration, Mount Tabor, IL
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    On top of Mount Tabor a huge church was built in 1929, cause here is a religious site. It is thought that Jesus appeared to his disciples as 'son of god' radiating light. It was one of the miracles he did. This is why the church is called the 'Church of the Transfiguration'.
    In the inside of the Church of the Transfiguration you will find a lot of symbolic referring to the Transfiguration. The church was designed by Antonio Barluzzi and built on the ruins of a Byzantine church and a Crusader church. On the round floor of both towers on the sides of the entrance you will find a chapel. One is dedicated to Moses, the other to Elijah. Both have an important role in the story of the Transfiguration.

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    Visit Har Tavor (Tabor Mountain)

    by Martin_S. Written Jan 8, 2008
    Church of the Transfiguration, Mt. Tabor, Israel
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    On top of this ant mound shaped mountain sits the Church of the Transfiguration, a very beautiful structure with one of the best views around. Suffice it to say that it is worth the trip up for both. The web page that I found explains much better and in more detail.
    It is best to go in the morning before the tourist buses begin arriving.

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