The Divided Kingdom
Strategically perched above the most important land route in the ancient Near East, the city dominates international traffic. It abounds in unparalleled treasures that include monumental temples, lavish palaces, mighty fortifications, and remarkably-engineered water systems.
Megiddo’s importance is due to its role as a way station and control point for international trade. Its strategic location on the Via Maris (the major international military and trade route that links Egypt in the south with Syria, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia in the north and east), gives it control of a bottleneck where the road emerges from the narrow ’Aruna Pass into the fertile Jezreel Valley.