Jezreel Valley Best National Parks

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So you’re coming to visit the Holy Land soon and you’ve heard all about it. Furthermore, you might even have some itineraries you got from friends that have been here. But you don’t have ten days as they had. But just five and now you need to chose which parks to visit and which ones to leave out. So that’s why I made this shortlist about the best places you should check out in the Jezreel Valley and worth visiting. 

In This Photo: Megiddo National Park

Tel Megiddo National Park 

Tel Megiddo National Park is the site of the ancient city of Megiddo. In fact, Megiddo is known for its historical, geographical, and theological importance, especially under its Greek name Armageddon. During the Bronze Age, Megiddo was an important Canaanite city-state and a royal city in the Kingdom of Israel during the Iron Age.

In This Photo: The Ruins of Tel Megiddo

Megiddo drew much of its importance from its strategic location which acts as a pass through the Carmel Ridge, and from its position overlooking the rich Jezreel Valley from the west. Excavations have unearthed 26 layers of ruins since the Chalcolithic phase, indicating a long period of settlement. The site is now protected as Megiddo National Park and is a World Heritage Site. For sure one of the Jezreel Valley Best National Parks

In This Photo: The Ruins of Beit Shean

Jezreel Valley Best National Parks: Beit Shean National Park 

So Beit Shean is a city that has played an important role in history. Mainly because of its geographical location at the Jordan River Valley and the Jezreel Valley junction. Furthermore, in the Biblical account of the battle of the Israelites against the Philistines on Mount Gilboa, the bodies of King Saul and three of his sons were hung on the walls of Beit Shean (1 Samuel 31:10-12). In Roman times, Beit Shean was the leading city of the Decapolis, a league of pagan cities. The ancient city ruins are now protected within the Beit Shean National Park.

In This Photo: The Roman Street at Ancient Beit Shean

Beit Alpha National Park 

So Beth Alpha is a sixth-century CE synagogue located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa mountains near Beit Shean, Israel. It is now part of Beit Alpha Synagogue National Park and managed by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.

In This Photo: The Mosaic Floor at Beit Alpha Ancient Synagogue

Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

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