Megiddo has always been a major strategic town sitting on the outskirts of Izrael Valley, right on the main trade route between Egypt and Babylon. Battles have taken place here as early as the early biblical prophets. The famous battle of Barak Ben Avinoam and Sisra took place right at the valley below. Megiddo has 30 layers of history buried in it, from the The Chalcolithic period, some 6000 years ago. Early pagan alter, walled city fro King Solomon era and the largest water project in the middle eat from the 9th century BC.
King Josiah was killed in Megiddo and since then, it became known as the place of the"End of days": "In his days Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt went up to the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates. King Josiah went to meet him, and Pharaoh Neco killed him at Megiddo, as soon as he saw him. And his servants carried him dead in a chariot from Megiddo and brought him to Jerusalem and buried him in his own tomb. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's place. (2 Kings 23).
Today you can visit Megiddo and see these remains. The view is great and the site itself is inspiring.
remains of King Solomon's city in Megiddo.
A 70 meters tunnel leading to the water fountain outside the walls. This secret passage was used only at times of siege.
A 6000 years old pagan alter. The largest in Israel.
We visit Megiddo in our 7 day tours.