VISIT THE TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH IN GALILEE
The church planner was Antonio Berlucci who was an Italian architect. He knew the scripts and he managed to express and connect the texts to the atmosphere with the help of architectural design from the outside and inside.
Antonio Berlucci who constructed the Transfiguration Church in Galilee in 1924, keeps the Holy relics found in their place. he revives the text using the decorations and structure. There is the chapel of Moses and the chapel of Elijah. To each of them, he gives the respect they deserve. And draw them with the symbol they represent. Moses represents the law, while Elijah represents the prophecy and the Gospel for the coming of Christ.
Some believe that this church is the most beautiful and impressive in Israel, most of the rituals take place on the central floor, You can also see the top floor, and there is also a bottom floor called –the crypt= hidden place.
TRANSFIGURATION CHURCH IN GALILEE - THE ART
The background of the central painting is yellow symbolizing the divine light. The sky is Azure and from them, there is an inscription (as if a voice reads) "This is my beloved son" ... " and he has changed before their eyes." This is proof of the commemoration of the place where the miracle happened. This is where you feel the divinity. The Trinity has repeated: 3 Apostles, 3 Saints,3 arches between the mainstay Hall and the sitters, the Holy Trinity - 3: a drawing of a triangle=the father and in it there is an eye= the creator, and the Dove = the Holy Spirit. The divinity that watches. This symbol also appears on the dollar bill. On both sides, some angels give the image a heavenly meaning.
The apses-down the stairs to the crypt-seem to be remnants of the Crusader period and a modern structure. On the stage, 2 windows show the mother Rock and the burrows that were here in the Crusader period. In front, there is a modern altar made of local stone. This is the apses of the Crusader church the floor above which the modern apses were built. The ceremony takes place exactly in the same place.
You can also see the Triangle, Cup, and peacocks symbolizing eternal life. There are clusters of grapes symbolizing the blood of Jesus. There is an inscription "Rabbi Tov we are here" - Basilica has 3 arbors (=Holy Tabernacle), for 3 Saints.
The vaults are sky –blue, with 4 descriptions made of mosaic, depicting 4 different scenes. In each scene, 3 angels appear, and under them, in the central place, something appears. In every scene, there is a situation in Jesus ' life, and there is a change in the Earth. I'll start from left to right,1. Baby and cross - Christmas ball. 2. Eating bread and wheat means Jesus is the bread of life. 3. The victim - slaughtered lamb. 4. Sarcophagus-revival.
Matthew 17 1-8
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased. Listen to him!”When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.” When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.
CHAPEL OF ELIJAH
in the chapel, you can see the sacrifice and fire and the people answer "the Lord is the God." In the chapel of Moses, the tablets of the Covenant and the burning bush "of your shoe above your foot" are visible. Moses looks very radiant. And you can see the water that came out of the rock.
Exit from the church and rise to the observation point - you can conduct 2 types of observations one scenic-geographical - the location of the settlements and the second way is based on the subject. And in this way, I will choose-
THE CONNECTION OF THE PLACES AND THE WAY OF JESUS
You can see and describe the way from Tabor to Jerusalem. In the east, you can see the Gilead mountains - the place of origin and birth of the Prophet Elijah. Opposite the Samaria mountains-the Central Mountain Avenue. Jesus on his way crossed Wadi Qelt, passed through Jericho, and reached Jerusalem.
On the site-traces of the Iron Age were discovered. Some recognize this as "Gat Hefer", which appears in the book of Kings-apparently and was the origin of the Prophet Jonah.
Gideon's war in the Midianites took place just below us, the Franciscans also acquired land in the village of Nein=as the New Testament appears in the village of Naim. In the valuation of Luke, Chapter 7-it is narrated that Jesus revives the widow's son. The village is at the foot of the teacher's Hill.
In the Bible, it is mentioned that Elisha also resurrected the only son of the woman.
Visit the Transfiguration Church in Galilee on my guided tours to Christian Galilee.