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Now covered with pine trees, Mt. Tabor has a serene look that belies its strategic and historical importance. Here you'll find the Church of the Transfiguration marks the place where tradition says Jesus began to radiate light and was seen conversing with Moses and Elijah. Christian pilgrims have venerated this site for centuries: Napoleon brought 3,000 French soldiers here to battle the
Ottomans in 1799. Today Mt. Tabor is popular with hang-gliding enthusiasts, and there's a marathon around the mountain in April.
The modern town of Beit She'an has little to offer visitors, but the past beckons. Unlike some archaeological sites that appear to be just piles...