Tel Megiddo Travel Guide

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Tel Megiddo Things to Do

  • Historic Meeting Point

    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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  • Lookouts

    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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  • The water system

    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...

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  • The public granary

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Water System and source

    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...

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  • The "Holy Precinct"

    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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  • Late Bronze Period Gate

    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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