Megiddo National Park

Megiddo National Park, Nazareth

Megiddo National Park
4.5
08:00 - 17:00
Monday
08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 17:00
Thursday
08:00 - 17:00
Friday
08:00 - 16:00
Saturday
08:00 - 17:00
Sunday
08:00 - 17:00
About
This archaeological site of an ancient fortress town has revealed more than 20 layers of ruins, ranging in time from the Neolithic Period (7000 BC) to the end of the Persian Period (332 BC).
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1-2 hours
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,135 contributions
Historic UNESCO Ruins Overlook Ancient & Future Battle Site on Jezreel Valley
Dec 2019
Also known as Tel (Hill) Megiddo, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is an historically significant ancient location of artifacts & ruins from various cultures, dating back from the Neolithic Period (7th-6th Century BC), through the Kings of Israel, and abandoned under the times of the Persians. Portions of the Canaanite City Gate remain from the Late Bronze Age as the visitor enters onto the Megiddo site, along a pathway winding up through sparse ruins. At the Northern Observation Point, a view overlooking the famous Jezreel Valley reveals the former battlefield below, where major battles occurred in the 15th Century BCE under Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III, later Alexander the Great and more recently in World War I (1918), General Edmund Allenby, who successfully fought the Ottoman Turkish forces here. Napoleon observed at Megiddo that: "All the armies of the world could maneuver their forces on this vast plain". Yes; this is the location of the final "Biblical Battle of Armageddon" and has numerous historic references within the Jewish "Tanakh" & the Christian "Bible". A former trade route that linked Egypt with Mesopotamia, this strategic site overlooks the key pass through the Carmel Mountains. This formerly fortified city used chariots for protection and its horses were sheltered in two stable complexes, whose foundations are now outlined. Most intriguing was our exploration through the protected water system and its tunnel, built under the period of the Israelite Kings, within the former walls of Megiddo. A 10 minute film prior to your tour explains the history of Megiddo and its archeological excavations. A visit to Megiddo is awe-inspiring and should not be missed!
Written 28 November 2020
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ChrisThomasTravels
Ossining, NY543 contributions
Doomsday
Dec 2019
You'd be hard pressed to find a more desolately beautiful view! Megiddo (AKA Armageddon, in ancient Greek) is an interesting site to be seen!
Written 15 November 2020
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ChrisJS51
Sevenoaks, UK503 contributions
Stupendous views and very evocative
Dec 2019
The town of Megiddo is on the edge of the Megiddo Valley, the site of the future Battle of Armageddon. What a view - a totally flat, bleak, sandy and rocky area below sea level. The park is on the edge.
Written 29 March 2020
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Jarred F
Haifa, Israel2 contributions
Amazing views of the Jezreel Valley and a historic location
Mar 2020
For christians the site of Armageddon, this park is very well maintained and is a pleasure to walk around. One can see thousands of years of history and the view of the valley and fields and nearby villages is picture worthy. It is a great hike for exercise as well!
Written 9 March 2020
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Steve D
Chesterton, IN345 contributions
Nice / some under construction
Mar 2020 • Couples
This is quite the site. It has one of the most spectacular views in Israel. They have a good film that helps introduce the history. You can spend some time here if you love history and especially Bible history.
Written 5 March 2020
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK1,141 contributions
Amazing Ruins.
Jan 2020 • Friends
Brilliant time in this park. Make sure you have a proper guide to take you here. It's worth listening to all the stories and relate to the book of revelations and how this location was chosen.

There are stables, altar, big silo, city gate, royal tomb etc. It is a pity we cannot see the water system due to flooding.
Written 24 January 2020
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Sarah C
Sydney, Australia3,586 contributions
Amazing site
Jan 2020 • Friends
Megiddo is an archaeological site (and UNESCO listed) to visit and there’s impressive remains (26 layers of occupation) to be seen, such as water shafts, stables and remains of palaces and fortifications. An amazing amount of remains to be seen of a site that was occupied in the Bronze and Iron Age. On site there’s bathrooms and a small gift shop, as well as plenty of parking. We’d recommend a tour here and it takes approximately 2 hours with a 27 shekel entrance fee + guide

Written 14 January 2020
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Donna Snow Pyle
26 contributions
Incredible site of ongoing archaeological digs
Nov 2019
You definitely need a car to get here and wear comfortable walking shoes as it is hilly. There is little, if any, shade, so wear sunscreen or a hat in summer. And bring water! To be able to see part of gate/wall that Solomon built was truly extraordinary. The view over the rolling hills of the Jezreel Valley where the End Times battle occurs is a panorama that sparks your imagination to run wild.

The extraordinary part of this visit was walking through the water tunnel system underneath the city. It's quite a steep set of stairs down and up, but well worth the hike.
Written 6 January 2020
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Nigel G
Guildford, UK37 contributions
Interesting historical site - worth a visit
Jun 2019
We only stopped here as it was en-route to Golan from Jerusalem, but glad we did. Perhaps the fact that it was a glorious day and there were few other visitors helped but it was a very pleasant and interesting site to walk around. It has been previously mentioned in reviews that there is little shade and I would agree, in the height of summer it could be tiring without water.

A map obtained from reception when purchasing tickets provides a route and gives detailed explanations of various places of interest, including the foundations of the oldest building constructed as a church ever found. The highlight for us came at the end of the walk, the water system. This is reached by descending steps to a tunnel which in turn ended up at a natural spring at the base of the hill. This was how water was obtained in the event of a siege – clever!
Written 27 December 2019
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TravelDonCA
California214 contributions
Look out over the Plain of Armageddon where the Final Battle Will Occur
Sep 2019
They have a good presentation to teach you about Megiddo. Then, climb the hill and see the ruins and previous attempts to uncover them (which failed in some cases). You look out upon the plain of Megiddo where the final battle of Armageddon will take place. You can also descend into the water system and come out the other end. There are some steps but it is easy to go through.
Written 10 December 2019
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