Jezreel Valley

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

Other destinations

Understand

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.

Talk

Hebrew. English is widely understood.

Get around

The new planned route of the Jezreel Valley railway line which is expected to be launched in 2016

By Bus

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.

Train

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.

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Stay safe

The Jezreel Valley is very safe to travel.

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