- Place or Religious Monument
The only thing to see on Mount Tabor is the Church of the Transfiguration. This might appeal to some visitors more than others, but one thing is certain, there is something special about this hill and I have returned several times since. I did not go back for the religious monument, but to once more submerse myself in that Galilean atmosphere that you can feel at the summit. A tranquil path borders the low stone walls, with olive and cork oak trees leading the way to the Church. If you look over the walls, you will notice some ruins. These are the remnants of a monastery built during the era of the Crusades. Continuing this walk, you will discover the various valleys which surround Mount Tabor and even the lake of Tiberias if when the sky is clear.
If you find yourself in Nazareth or on the lake of Tiberias during your stay in Israel, you could permit yourself a small detour to Mount Tabor either for its religious symbolism or its bucolic atmosphere.
Mount Thabor is, above all, a climb. There's a road that leads to the summit, but the more courageous amongst you will want to climb the slippery path, water bottle to hand. I suggest you come down via the road at sunset. You'll get a panoramic view of the valley and enjoy the last rays of sunshine as they reflect off the water below.
Remains of three monotheistic religions, a huge terrace from which to admire the view, terraced gardens on the mountainside...it was a wonderful sight. The Church of the Transfiguration, with stunning mosaiques on its vaulted ceiling, is well worth a visit!
An afternoon is time enough to do a tour and once you're back on the road, why not stop at the Sea of Galilee?