Mount Tabor :
The Basilica :
The Basilica of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor was Barluzzi’s first, and one of his best, if not the best of his churches. While in the Holy Land just before the First World War, to build a hospital for the Italian Mission, Antonio and Guilio Barluzzi were asked by F Razzoli the head of the Franciscans there to submit plans for a basilica on Mount Tabor. When Antonio returned in 1918 he met the new Father Custos Ferdinando Diotallevi who had the plans he had previously made for Tabor. Diotallevi sought his views on the project, and then appointed Barluzzi to go ahead with it, and also appointed him to design a church at Gethsemane. Mount Tabor rises nearly 600 meters above the Plain of Jezreel, and has always been a sacred mountain. In the second millennium BC there was a Canaanite shrine where Baal was worshipped. Mount Tabor features in the Old Testament, and is claimed to be the mountain on which Jesus was transfigured

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