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Located in Israel’s north, 30 kilometers south of Haifa, is this fascinating archeological park. Megiddo is synonymous with the location of Armageddon. According to the New Testament [revelations 16:14-21], in this exact place, the world will end.

In addition to its holy significance, the area is a well-known archeological treasure. Here, it is possible to see the ruins of an important city state on the sea; one which many years ago, linked Egypt to Damascus. Archeologists have uncovered 25 layers of civilizations in Megiddo. For example: the Canaanites, King David, King Salomon, the Assyrians, and the Egyptians (who even referenced Megiddo in their writing!) were all here.

Onsite ruins include stables, a water system and a 70 meter tunnel which leads to nearby water springs. Another interesting discovery was made inside the Ivory Palace. Archeologists uncovered the largest collection of jewelry and ivory found anywhere in the world, dating back to the Canaanites.

A walk through the site will reveal the history of civilizations who ruled 5000 years ago, in this once walled city. The visitor’s center contains a museum and a film dedicated to the history of the site.

In 2005, UNESCO designated Megiddo as a World Heritage Site.