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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  • Two weeks my wife and I were visiting my school friend in Israel. Plan in advance of the trip, painted everything day by day. Proshtulirovali Internet, although before enough studied the history of ancient Israel from the time of Abraham to Herod the great. School friend in his car took us from Eilat to the Golan Heights and the Lebanese border. Impressions above the roofline, as saying. And only one place we have not been able to visit Megiddo National Park. During our stay in Israel was another worsening Palestinian-izrailkih relationships and my friend flatly refused to take us there: the National Park was surrounded by Palestinian villages. For those interested in saying that Christian Armageddon, is the Hill of Megiddo. The name Armageddon comes from the Union of two Hebrew words: "ar", "mountain" and "Megiddo"-the name of an ancient settlement, located here, on the territory of the National Park. Information for those interested in Megiddo: phone: 04-6590316. Fax: 04-8420312. Getting there: from route 2 to route 65 Hadera-Afula to Megiddo junction. Turn on route 66, about 1.5 km away. before entering the National Park. Visiting hours: in summer from April to September: 08:00-17:00. in winter from October to March: 08:00-16:00. Admission: paid: 23 shekels-adult 12 NIS-kids; adult in the Group-19 shekels, 11 NIS-kids in the group. Well-organized, free car parking. Tables for eating inside. The use of barbecues is prohibited. Café. Shop. Toilet.
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  • There are excellent views of the valley that has been the site of many battles in ancient times. The film in the entry building helps explain the history.  more »
  • Fascinating and big historical site, well organized, very clean. Organized free tours available and very nice souvenirs shop. Can't wait to go back there again!  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • Very exciting archeology site. Finding from 7000 years ago. Highlight is the water system created by Ahab.
  • Very interesting place from the archeological point of view. Guided tours at 10 and 12, we liked a lot. Many english-speaking tourists.
  • Just went for second time in past three months. This time brought my 67 yr old parents. It is a bit of a hike, but doable. Fascinating history. Everyone in my group loved it!

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