Visitors to the World Heritage Site of Megiddo have much to see, beginning with a model in the reception centre depicting the tel during the 10th-century BC reign of King Solomon — who used forced labour to fortify the city (1 Kings ). w=800 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" / Other highlights along the path around the mound include: • A flight of well-preserved stone steps from around the 7th century BC, leading from the city gates down to a plastered pool. Flanked by four chambers, it led to the palace complex of Megiddo’s rulers.
Remains of what may have been stables (Hanay / Wikimedia)" data-medium-file="https://i2com/ fit=800,600" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4497 size-medium" src="https://i2com/ resize=300,225" alt="Megiddo" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://i2com/ • A massive stone wall, 2 metres thick, marking the site of the Canaanite palace destroyed in the 12th century BC.
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The Battle of Megiddo in the 15th century BC, when Egyptians under Thutmose III conquered Canaan, is the first reliably recorded battle in history. fit=800,523" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4495" src="https://i0com/ resize=240,157" alt="Megiddo" width="240" height="157" srcset="https://i0com/ The “king of Megiddo” was among those Joshua defeated after the Israelites entered Canaan in the 14th century BC (Joshua ).
Model of Megiddo tel (Seetheholyland.net)" data-medium-file="https://i0com/ A century later the Israelite prophetess Deborah routed the Canaanites “by the waters of Megiddo” (Judges -21).
A treasure trove of 382 carved ivory artifacts, including ornaments and combs, discovered in one of its rooms testifies to ancient Megiddo’s wealth and sophistication. w=600 600w" sizes="(max-width: 182px) 100vw, 182px" data-recalc-dims="1" / • Two elongated complexes often called Solomon’s stables, though now attributed to King Omri or King Ahab in the 9th century BC.
Stone trough from the 9th century BC (Seetheholyland.net)" data-medium-file="https://i0com/ fit=600,800" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4498" src="https://i0com/ resize=182,243" alt="Megiddo" width="182" height="243" srcset="https://i0com/ Archaeologists also debate whether they were stables, some arguing they were too small for horses and were more likely storehouses, markets or even barracks for troops.
Two kings of Judah, Ahaziah and Josiah, were battle casualties at Megiddo (2 Kings ; -30).
In later times Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Crusaders, Mamlukes, Mongols, Persians, French, Ottomans, British, Germans, Arabs and Israelis all fought in this blood-soaked sector of the Holy Land.
Megiddo prison where ancient church was found (James Emery)" data-medium-file="https://i1com/ fit=781,550" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4500 size-medium" src="https://i1com/ resize=300,211" alt="Megiddo" width="300" height="211" srcset="https://i1com/ A prayer hall measuring about 10 metres by 5 metres was found in the southwest corner of a large building that also functioned as a Roman military administrative centre.
Believed to be from the middle of the 3rd century — before Christianity became the religion of the Roman Empire — it evidently served Christian soldiers in the two Roman legions based there, as well as the local Christian community.
Megiddo is 35 kilometres southeast of Haifa, at the southern end of the fertile Jezreel Valley.