Next stop Tel Megiddo – otherwise known as Har Megiddo, or Armageddon – Biblically when the end of the world happens, it’s going to start here….cool!
They had a convenient diorama for me to hang out on as well and get a lay of the land before heading into the hot sun to see the real thing. They have some mini models of the early versions of the city and then the grand diorama, complete with moving parts.
Megiddo was a central city along some major trades roots and was the site of some rather large battles as well. So, a well-used and often expanded site.
Fun fact, the date palms on site are not native but are a result of the Egyptian workers brought in to assist with early excavations.
They would eat the dates and spit out the pits around site, a little gross but years later it provides some nice shade and greenery to the site.
After a quick chariot ride it was time for the refreshing coolness of Bet Alpha and their unique, somewhat childish mosaics. It’s worth a stop to peak at its inaccurate zodiac and awesome portrayal of the sacrifice of Isaac (body proportions and perspective were a bit of a mystery to the artists).