Megiddo National Park, Nazareth

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Take a tour of UNESCO-protected Megiddo National Park, an artificial hill formed by millennia of building and rebuilding in the same spot. The tell boasts 26 layers of ancient ruins, with the site dating back to 7000 BCE before being abandoned in the sixth century BCE. Besides being mentioned in a number of ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Roman writings, the mount is also the origin of the term “Armageddon,” as the apocalyptic battle is supposed to happen on this site, according to the Book of Revelations. Explore the historic complex and view an array of remains, some of them from the site's glory days during the Bronze Age. Make Megiddo National Park part of your personalized Nazareth itinerary using our Nazareth trip planner .
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  • The site has an excellent tourist infrastructure. Parking, toilets, snack bar and map well done. Before entering the ruins, there's a movie in English giving a very good panorama. The visit is long, if it is going to take guided more than 3 hours, because they are dozens of civilizations and historical achievements in the same location. The descent into the water system is very interesting, but requires physical preparation. Don't forget a hat and sunblock, the site is fully open. The vision of the landscape of the next Valley is very beautiful.
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  • This is a very interesting site and one I would not miss to check off significant sites in the Holy Land.  more »
  • Megiddo is a very interesting Tell that is considered to be one of the most ancient settlements in the near east. The site is beautifully preserved and very easy to visit - good walkways, informative ...  more »
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  • This is an historic site that was a fort and had king Solomon stables. From the site one can watch the valley below. On the site one can see many ruins. The ruins are described by signs, including the famous stables. The highlight of the sight is a marvel of engineering achievement at the time. It is a very deep, long, tunnel that brought water from a hidden source outside the fort. Today it is possible to see it with the help of the stairs and walkway, complete with the lights that are provided.
  • Twenty-one layers of history, very good , clear English instructions and explanations showing directions when walking around the site. The underground cistern dug out of the bedrock and then the view over the valley where many battles had taken place over the years makes this site a must see when travelling around Israel.
  • Awesome archaeological site. Informative comprehensive museum with signs, relief maps, all easy to interpret in English Arabic and Hebrew. Signs in strategic places are very informative. Various display additions provide humerous photograph points. A magnificent site; I could just imagine commanders in history looking at that same view with very different feelings!! The solution they came up with for the water was ingenious and a work of engineering and sheer hard work! The restaurant provided an tasty excellent cafeteria standard lunch at a reasonable cost. Must do if in the area. A strategic site in all of Israel. Not for the faint hearted however, quite a bit of climbing and lots of stairs to view water system. Got a wheelchair? Forget the stairs and have a strong pusher!!!
  • Large National Park where an ancient city is excavated reported to be about 26 layers of ruins. Take your time walking through it takes some imagination when it comes to the Bronze Age – Mount of Megiddo is written in the Book of Revelations to have an important event in Israel’s future. A great place to learn and experience.
  • Very exciting archeology site. Finding from 7000 years ago. Highlight is the water system created by Ahab.

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