Visiting the End of the World

How rustic and quaint, tiny mud people.

How rustic and quaint, tiny mud people.

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!

I feel like a such an awesome giant.

I feel like a such an awesome giant.

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.

Floating buildings - it is the end of the world!

Floating buildings – it is the end of the world!

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.

Early Bronze age temple area and High Place - I spy you.

Early Bronze age temple area and High Place – I spy you.

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.

Ah some shade, how lovely.

Ah some shade, how lovely – thanks Egyptians!

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.

IMG_4008After 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).

Hmm creative representation of perspective.

Hmm creative representation of perspective.

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