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  • Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
    Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
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  • Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
    Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
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  • Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
    Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
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    Historic Meeting Point

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Pope - President - Meeting Place, Megiddo NP, IL
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    The National Park of Megiddo was chosen as a historic meeting point. Here Pope Paul VI met with the President of the State of Israel in 1964. This was the very first visit ever of a Pope to the Holy Land. Today a small pole set up at a lookout commemorates this visit.

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    The water system

    by gubbi1 Written Jan 30, 2011

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    The water system is probably the highlight of your visit. A huge staircase leads down into a deep hole. Inside you will follow a tunnel over 70 meters to reach the water depot. It is amazing what people have done so many years ago. But it was necessary to access water even if it was not possible to leave the protected town in case of a siege. Water was and is essential here in the region. The water system is one of the reasons that Megiddo was set on the list of world heritages by the UNESCO.

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    The public granary

    by gubbi1 Written Jan 30, 2011

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    Public Granary, Megiddo NP, IL
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    Walking through the National Park of Megiddo you will pass by an impressive hole in the ground supported by brick stones. This deep structure is making up the impressive granary. It is 7 meters deep and 11 meters in diameter.

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    The staples

    by gubbi1 Written Jan 30, 2011

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    The staples, Megiddo NP, IL
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    In Megiddo there are two large staples well visible giving the idea that many horses were held here. Megiddo probably was an important cavalry base. Don't miss the southern staples and have a look at the feeders which help to imagine how the staples looked like.

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    The Canaanite City Gate

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Canaanite City Gate, Megiddo NP, IL
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    The Canaanite City Gate is your access to the ruins of Megiddo if you enter the park from the main entrance. It was a ceremonial gate, not for defence, still the walls are pretty thick and impressive. The gate originates from the Late Bronze Periode (1550 BC to 1150 BC) during which Megiddo was under egyptian rule from Canaan and an important city-state.
    At the end of the late Canaanite periode the palace behind the gate burned down and the gate was out of use. There is an information sign showing you a sketch of how the entrance might have looked like (photo 2).

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    Water System and source

    by Martin_S. Updated Sep 19, 2007
    Megiddo map, Israel
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    The water system of Megiddo was built underground to provide access to the water source during siege of the city. Sorry that the definition of the picture here on VT does not allow you to read the map and explanation. You can see the aboveground section where the stairs lead down into the ground and onto several sections of stairs till you reach the level underground tunnel that finally leads you to the water source at its end.

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    The "Holy Precinct"

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 16, 2007
    Megiddo Holy precinct, Israel
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    This central area in the Megiddo site was said to be the "Holy Precinct". Did not see anything to distinguish this area from those surrounding it, maybe the artifacts that were dug up during excavation were what told the story. As you can see very little restoration has been done here.

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    Ancient Near East

    by FruitLover Updated Apr 26, 2007

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    Map: Ancient Near East

    A map shows the geo-strategic location of Israel and Megiddo in ancient times.

    For thousands of generations, a network of roads constituted the land link between peoples and countries located in the Ancient Near East, the most important road being the one passing the length of Canaan, which linked the people living along the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, Mount Lebanon and Egypt.

    The route of this international road was defined by mountain ranges, river beds, wadis and deserts. The trade caravans were in frequent need of water and shelter, and when these were found they became permanent stations, and some eventually became important cities, as did Megiddo.

    The road which travelled the length of the coastal plain, in the south and center of Canaan, along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea was called Via Maris - The Sea Road. To the north the road turned inland and passed through the northern valleys.

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    The Platform Temple

    by FruitLover Written Apr 26, 2007

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    The Platform Temple, diorama

    In the early Canaanaite Period (2400-2200 B.C.E.) three temples existed on the sanctified site of Megiddo, and also a platform which was constructed a few hundred years before.

    The diorama in the pic shows the platform while a religious ceremony is taking place, with the rear walls of two of the three temples in the back ground.

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    Lookouts

    by gubbi1 Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Lookout, Megiddo, IL
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    Towards the Jezreel Valley you will find two lookouts allowing you a view over the very flat valley. I enjoyed this especially if you are there during a calm day.

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    Late Bronze Period Gate

    by Martin_S. Written Sep 16, 2007
    Late Bronze Period Gate at Megiddo, Israel
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    Hrvojka and Zohara are exploring the Late Bronze Period Gate, on the northern side of Megiddo. There has been some little restoration here, but not much, this area is pretty much as it was found.

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