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This is the road up to Mount Tabor, Holy Transfiguration Monastery. It is approximately 5 miles north of the small town of Redwood Valley, California. In the last 3 miles, the road narrows to one lane with no centerline. This is the last curve of the road going up the hill before seeing the signs by the main gate.
Here is the road, the two signs, and the roadway into the monastery itself at right. Both the yellow sign on the left and the darker sign at right refer to Mt. Tabor Monastery. There are no other signs enroute up the road to the monastery.
This is a closeup of the darker sign at right in the photo immediately above. The address appears on this sign.
|Main Gate up the monastery road.|
|Entry area immediately inside the entry gate. Note the gate at left. This is a roadway directly up to the cloistered area and is closed to the public. There is a shrine in the middle of this photo, and the road to the right is the access for the public.|
|The entry area shrine to the Holy Transfiguration.|
|Closeup of the icon in this shrime|
|Going up the public access roadway to the Monastery, the humor of the Monks immediately becomes apparent. Here is a "No Devils Allowed" sign!|
|There are walking paths on which the Monks can exercise, pray and meditate. When they cross the main road, you will see this sign - "Caution! Monks Crossing"!|
|Here is the parking lot by the main entry Gate into the Monastery (left) and the Monastery Church (right) consecrated to St. Nicholas as patron.|
|Here is a more detailed photograph of the Monastery Church.|
|Here is a view from the Church down Redwood Valley.|
|Here is another view from the parking lot area of the monastery's pond.|
|Here is a photograph of the main entry Gate into the Monastery complex. The bay window at left is a visitation room and also contains literature on the Catholic Byzantine Rite and the Eastern Churches in General.|
|Note the Attire Advisory sign attached to the entry Gate. A bit of humor, but with a distinctly appropriate point.|
|Just inside the main gate, one sees both the Refectory building (right) and the Residency building (in background, at left).|
|The interior of the Refectory.|
|An interior photograph of the Church, showing the base of the cupola at top. In the background you see the icon screen. The sanctuary lies behind the icon screen "Iconostasis" in the background. The red curtain in the center conceals the sanctuary itself. During the Liturgy, the the monks assemble in the forward part of the church, behind the beams in the foreground. The laity assembles on this side of the beams for the Liturgy.|
|A wider view of the Monastery Church interior. The icon stand to kiss (there is no holy water font) is in the foreground with candle stands. Upon entry, the individual bows profoundly, and kisses both the icon on this table and the crucifix laying to the icon's right.|
|The icon of the patron of the church, St. Nicholas, is at the fore-left of the church hanging on the "icon screen" with a votive lamp hanging in front.|
|Another icon of St. Nicholas, immediately in front of the one appearing above, situated on a table.|
|There are several stained glass windows in the church. While many reflect modern craftsmanship and are probably made by local artisans, there are several which are obviously of an earlier era and made in northern Europe. This one for example has the inscription at its base "Dom des Dames" at its bottom and is probably from a Premonstratensian house in France or Belgium.|
|Going up the hill even further, one encounters the Retreat Houses of the Monastery.|
|Retreat House Lounge.|
|Retreat House Visitation / Reading / Chapel room.|
|Hallway in the residency portion of a Retreat House.|
|Typical retreatant's room.|