Caesarea Travel Overview
Caesarea, Caesarea-The best introduction to Caesarea is a visit to its large and modern archaeological park where once can see first hand the extensive Roman structures, like the aqueduct bringing water all the way from Mount Carmel and the well known Amphitheatre- which has been restored and is used for concerts on a regular basis. The beautiful view of the ocean makes the sres a popular venue for many types of events. A short stroll down the road reveals the well kept excavations of Roman Caesarea, as well as a very pleasant shopping and restaurant area bordering on the sea.
Caesarea is known to the New Testament reader as the place where Pontius Pilate ruled from in the time of Jesus, and as the city where Paul was imprisoned a few years later. Peter was a part of Cornelius’ conversion here and Caesarea has become a part of Christian history through these events. But the city has a very rich and varied history which can be investigated in its archaeological park, going back all the way to the 4th Century BC, as well as its peak during Roman times when it was a wealthy and bustling city.
The city of Caesarea was built by Herod the Great. Caesarea had a large Christian community where many important church patriarch’s lived throughout the Byzantine period. The first pagan, Cornelius converted to Christianity in Caesarea. The city was ruled by many different empires throughout history from the Crusaders and Saladin to when the city was captured and destroyed by the Mamluks.
Admission fees. Very good facilities. Wheelchair accessible.
Nearby Places of Interest
The Jezreel Valley, Mt. Carmel, Haifa
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