Tel Megiddo
Ultimate Guide

I decided to write the ‘Megiddo Ultimate Guide’ for those planning to visit Megiddo. Now Megiddo is the historic site of the ancient city of Megiddo which was one of the strongest and most important cities of Canaan. In fact, it’s Situated near Kibbutz Megiddo in northern Israel, about 30 km (18 miles) south-east of Haifa. Furthermore, the sprawling city of Megiddo was on an ancient land route and crucial strategic location between Damascus and Egypt with deep historical, geographical, and theological importance.

Also, Megiddo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a 60-foot high tell (archaeological mound) spread over 15 acres and comprised of the remains of the ancient city. It also features an ancient battlefield where a historic battle between the Egyptians and the Canaanites took place.

Also known by its Greek name “Armageddon,” Tel Megiddo is prophesied by the Book of Revelations in which the Anti-Christ will be defeated by the Messiah during the Battle of Armageddon. Tel Megiddo is one of the most important sites of biblical archaeology in the world today.

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First Records of Megiddo

THINGS TO SEE

  • CANAANITE CITY GATE
  • ISRAELITE CITY GATE
  • THE GRANARY
  • THE NORTHERN PALACE
  • ASSYRIAN CITY GATE
  • THE CANAANITE PALACE
  • THE ROYAL TOMBS
  • THE SOUTHERN PALACE
  • THE SACRED AREA
  • THE STABLES
  • THE WATER SYSTEM

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The history of

Tel Megiddo

Megiddo Ultimate Guide - Canaanite Gate

Firstly I hope you will enjoy my ‘Megiddo Ultimate Guide’. So let’s begin by saying that the city of Megiddo was established in the 4th millennium BCE (circa 3500) at the dawn of urbanization in the Levant. Now due to its strategic position along the ancient trade route known as the Via Maris, which connected Egypt to Syria and greater Mesopotamia, the city grew to become one of the strongest and most sophisticated cities in the region. Evidence of this can be seen in the remains of a vast water system which was built by King Ahab in the 9th century BCE to bring water into the city without having to go outside the walls.

It was also the site of many historic battles, including the Battle of Megiddo in the 15th century BCE between the Canaanites and Egyptians, the Battle of Megiddo in the 609 BCE between the Egyptians and the Kingdom of Judah, and the Battle of Megiddo in 1918 fought between Allied troops and the defending Ottoman army.

So I hope you enjoy my ‘Megiddo Ultimate Guide’. But you should note that a private tour of Megiddo is the best way to explore this fascinating historical site and learn more about these dramatic battles that took place over the centuries.

Did You Know?

  • First, the ancient mound of Megiddo features 26 layers of ruins from multiple civilizations that built settlements on top of the ruins of their predecessors. Megiddo has been populated continuously since around 7000 BC and has been settled and resettled countless times over the centuries, leaving intriguing archeological marks on the land.
  • Second, remarkable findings unearthed at the site include intricate ivory carvings from the Late Bronze Age, several Judean-era horse stables, a set of jewelry dating back to 1100 BC, and the remains of a church with Greek-style mosaics.
  • Third. ruins from an impressive water tunnel system built in the time of King Solomon can also be seen. The system was established by King Solomon so water could be drawn by the residents of the city without having to leave the city limits.
  • Forth, Due to Megiddo’s extreme religious importance for both Jews and Christians, the site was the historic meeting place for the first-ever visit of a pope to the Holy Land when Pope Paul VI met with Israel’s president, Zalman Shazar, and prime minister, Levi Eshkol in 1964.
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