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Tel Megiddo

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Tel Megiddo
תל מגידו.JPG
Aerial view of Tel Megiddo
Tel Megiddo is located in Israel
Tel Megiddo
Shown within Israel
Location Near Kibbutz Megiddo, Israel
Region Levant
Coordinates 32°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
Type Settlement
Founded c. 7000 BCE
Abandoned 586 BCE
Official name Biblical Tells – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iii, iv, vi
Designated 2005 (29th session)
Reference no. 1108
State Party Israel
Region Asia-Pacific

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

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.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Megiddo". BibArch. February 13, 2009.