The Jezreel Valley is an extensive inland valley large valley, largely rural, located in northern Israel. The Jezreel Valley lies between the Carmel Range and the coastal plain to the west and Beth Shean Valley to the east. It stretches from the mountains of the Lower Galilee in the north to the Shomron mountains in the south.
Cities and villages
- Afula - a medium sized town, not very interesting on itself, but it is the largest city in the Jezreel Valley.
- Kibbutz Geva - one of the original kibbutzim still not privatized, this kibbutz found by settlers from Poland and Russia is popular among travellers for short and long-term volunteering
- Megiddo - an ancient Canaanite and Israelite city and the location of several key battles, both ancient and modern
The Jezreel Valley was a very important region throughout various periods in history mainly because it was the only place where the Holy Land could be crossed without traveling through mountainous areas. As a result, in ancient times the Jezreel Valley was an important trade route and various important historical battles took place in this region between prominent nations that ruled the Middle East. One of the most important historical battles taking part in this regions was the Battle of Ain Jalut (held where the modern village of Ein Harod is located), held in 1260, in which the Muslim Mamluk forces defeated the forces of the Mongol Empire, and stopped them from advancing further westward.
The Christian "Armageddon" refers to the city of Meggido in the valley.
According to the New Testament (Book of Revelation), a great battle would be held in the future at the Jezreel Valley between a number of armies that would result in the end of the world.
Hebrew. English is widely understood.
There are several bus lines that pass through the Jezreel Valley, originating from Haifa and Tel Aviv, all passing through the central bus station in Afula, and many of them continue northwards to Tiberias and various other cities in the Galilee. If you are interested in reaching various smaller towns, villages, or sites throughout the Jezreel Valley by a local bus, it is advised to check this possibility in advance at the Afula central bus station information center.
As of 2014 the Jezreel Valley is still not reachable by train. Nevertheless, in 2016 the Jezreel Valley railway line is expected to be launched which would connect Haifa with the Sheikh Hussein Bridge on the Jordan River and pass through 8 station throughout the Jezreel Valley.
- Tel Megiddo, ☎ , fax: +972 4-6401748, e-mail: email@example.com. From Sunday through Thursday the site is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; On Fridays and on Israeli national holidays it open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The entrance closes one hour before the listed hours.. One of the most important and most impressive archaeological sites in Israel. The summit of the mound rises to a height of about 60 meters from the plane of the Jezreel valley next to it. The site is strategically located near a main crossroads. Archaeological artifacts indicate that there was a settlement at this site as early as the 4th millennium BC. The site has a good view of the Jezreel Valley's landscape, the Gilboa mountain, the Givat Hamore hill, Mount Tabor and the Nazareth mountain range. In 2005 Tel Megiddo was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. 29 NIS per adult, 15 NIS per child, 15 NIS per senior citizen, and 25 NIS per student..
- Beth Alpha synagogue - an archaeological site containing the remains of a 6th century synagogue located in Kibbutz Beit Alfa, at the northern slopes of Mount Gilboa. The site was discovered in 1928 during the excavation of a water canal to the nearby Kibbutz Hephzibah.
- Spring of Harod National Park -
- Haim Atar Museum of Art - Israeli art museum founded in 1937 located at kibbutz Ein Harod Ihud.
- Afula - The largest modern settlement located in the Jezreel Valley nowadays. In 2013 the city's population numbered 42,770 inhabitants.
The Jezreel Valley is very safe to travel.