Tel Megiddo

site of an ancient city in northern Israel's Jezreel valley

Megiddo (Hebrew: מגידו) is a hill in Israel. It is near the modern settlement of Megiddo, and is known for theological, historical and geographical reasons.

Tel Megiddo
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Aerial view of Tel Megiddo
Tel Megiddo is located in Israel
Tel Megiddo
Shown within Israel
LocationNear Kibbutz Megiddo, Israel
RegionLevant
Coordinates32°35′4.64″N 35°11′0.58″E / 32.5846222°N 35.1834944°E / 32.5846222; 35.1834944Coordinates: 32°35′4.64″N 35°11′0.58″E / 32.5846222°N 35.1834944°E / 32.5846222; 35.1834944
TypeSettlement
History
Foundedc. 7000 BCE
Abandoned586 BCE
Official nameBiblical Tells – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba
TypeCultural
Criteriaii, iii, iv, vi
Designated2005 (29th session)
Reference no.1108
State PartyIsrael
RegionAsia-Pacific

In ancient times, Megiddo was an important city-state. It is also known alternatively as Tel Megiddo (Hebrew) and Tell al-Mutesellim (Arabic). According to some interpretations of the Christian Bible, this will be the place for Armageddon (that derives from the name's place in Hebrew) or the final battle between the forces of light led by Jesus Christ and the forces of darkness led by Satan or the Anti-Christ after the "End of Days".[1]

Megiddo is a tel (hill or mound) made of 26 layers of the ruins of ancient cities in a strategic location at the head of a pass through the Carmel Ridge, which overlooks the Valley of Jezreel from the west.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Megiddo". BibArch. February 13, 2009. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved February 17, 2008.