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Mount Tabor
Lower Galilee Israel

Mount Tabor in Hebrew Har Tavor is located in the Lower Galilee, Israel at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, just 18 km west of the Sea of Galilee.

It is as per the Bible, the site of the Battle of Mt Tabor between the Israelite army under the leadership of Barak and the army of the Canaanite King of Hazor.

In Christian tradition, Mt Tabor is the site of the “Transfiguration of Jesus."

View of Mt Tabor from the Jezreel Valley

View of Mt Tabor from the Jezreel Valley

Important since Biblical Times

This mount, with its distinctive shape rises from the fertile Jezreel Valley and is of great importance to Jews and Christians alike.  

The Jezreel Valley is also known in Biblical terms as the Valley of Armageddon.

Mt Tabor with its low height of only 600 meters, played a very important role during Biblical times

Church of Transfiguration atop of Mount Tabor

Church of Transfiguration atop of Mt Tabor

Mt Tabor in Religion

References can be found in both Christian and Jewish texts. It is mentioned as the border between the tribes of Zebulun, Issachar and Naphtali, probably due to its height and therefore the strategic control it provides of the east-west route through the Jezreel Valley, and north-south route through the Galilee.

For Christians, Mt Tabor is believed to be the place of the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ, where Jesus began to radiate light and conversed with Moses and Elijah.

That is the reason the area became a site for pilgrimages. The Transfiguration Church and the Eastern Sanctuary of the Orthodox Church, are located atop Mt Tabor and draw pilgrims from around the world constantly.

Mount Tabor

A site for Leisure and Hiking

Mt Tabor is a site for Leisure and Hiking

For more than 100 years there have been serious efforts to reforest Mt Tabor and today it is covered by lush pine forests. An access road was built making it much easier to climb.

Today is the most popular site for paragliding in Israel. Although the most important sport here is hiking and there are three major hiking trails at Mt Tabor.

The long trail begins at the Bedouin village Shibli which is set at the foot of Mount Tabor. The trail is about 5 km long.

The short trail is a 2.5 km nature trail at the summit.

The Israel National Trail traverses Mt Tabor as it passes on its route from Metulla in the far north of Israel, to Eilat in the far south.

Furthermore, there are beautiful trails in the woodlands surrounding the mountain.

As well as hikes, there are 4×4 trails in the forested areas of the mountain.

Map of the Galilee showing the location of Mt Tabor

Map of the Galilee showing the location of Mt Tabor

For more information visit Israel Tourism Official Website

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