Day 1: Caeserea

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Caeserea was built by Herod the Great in honor of his patron, Augustus Caesar. Construction began in 22 BCE and the city finished 12 years later included palaces, temples, a hippodrome, a marketplace, a hippodrome and water/sewage systems. The artificial harbor was built using hydraulic concrete made from volcanic ash - a remarkable technical feat for the era.

An earthquake severely damaged the harbor in 130 CE, although the city remained a significant commercial center for many more centuries. The city first came under Muslim control in 638, was captured during the First Crusade in 1101 and exchanged hands periodically thereafter. Much of the fortification seen our visit was built by King Louis IX of France in 1251, just before the Crusaders were expelled for the last time in 1265. The city gradually fell into total ruin and the port filled with silt - ironically preserving much of the architecture until it was excavated by contemporary archaeologists beginning in the 1950's.

The city makes a number of appearances in the Christian Bible in the book of Acts:

This city should not be confused with Caesarea Philippi, which is mentioned as being visited Jesus' in the synoptic gospels and was located far to the east in the Golan Heights.

Day 1: Caeserea - Caeserea map
05/23/2011 12:19:40
Caeserea map
Day 1: Caeserea - Disembarking at Caesarea
05/23/2011 10:26:52
Disembarking at Caesarea
Day 1: Caeserea - Entry gate
05/23/2011 10:26:56
Entry gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 10:32:06
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 10:39:10
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Decapitated statues
05/23/2011 10:47:34
Decapitated statues
Day 1: Caeserea - Statues
05/23/2011 10:48:04
Statues
Day 1: Caeserea - Statues
05/23/2011 10:48:14
Statues
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 10:49:32
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 10:50:06
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre sign
05/23/2011 10:50:32
Theatre sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre sign
05/23/2011 10:50:50
Theatre sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 10:51:14
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 10:51:20
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Vomitorium
05/23/2011 10:52:06
Vomitorium
Day 1: Caeserea - Contemporary stage
05/23/2011 10:52:40
Contemporary stage
Day 1: Caeserea - Seating
05/23/2011 10:53:24
Seating
Day 1: Caeserea - Seating area
05/23/2011 10:52:56
Seating area
Day 1: Caeserea - Seating
05/23/2011 10:54:36
Seating
Day 1: Caeserea - Seating
05/23/2011 10:54:50
Seating
Day 1: Caeserea - Archway
05/23/2011 10:58:36
Archway
Day 1: Caeserea - Exit stage left
05/23/2011 10:59:44
Exit stage left
Day 1: Caeserea - Exit
05/23/2011 11:00:10
Exit
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre
05/23/2011 11:00:14
Theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Back of theatre
05/23/2011 11:07:52
Back of theatre
Day 1: Caeserea - Architectural remnants
05/23/2011 11:00:26
Architectural remnants
Day 1: Caeserea - Bath
05/23/2011 11:00:32
Bath
Day 1: Caeserea - Remnants sign
05/23/2011 11:00:54
Remnants sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Cornice remnant
05/23/2011 11:01:00
Cornice remnant
Day 1: Caeserea - Architectural remnants
05/23/2011 11:02:12
Architectural remnants
Day 1: Caeserea - Elements diagram
05/23/2011 11:02:34
Elements diagram
Day 1: Caeserea - Theatre diagram
05/23/2011 11:03:52
Theatre diagram
Day 1: Caeserea - Column capitals
05/23/2011 11:04:24
Column capitals
Day 1: Caeserea - Column capitals
05/23/2011 11:04:32
Column capitals
Day 1: Caeserea - Column capitals
05/23/2011 11:04:46
Column capitals
Day 1: Caeserea - Column capitals
05/23/2011 11:07:56
Column capitals
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogus
05/23/2011 11:05:32
Sarcophogus
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogus
05/23/2011 11:08:20
Sarcophogus
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophagi sign
05/23/2011 11:08:34
Sarcophagi sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:09:48
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Me and Mom at Caesarea
05/23/2011 11:15:08
Me and Mom at Caesarea
Day 1: Caeserea - Dedicatory inscription replica
05/23/2011 11:17:26
Dedicatory inscription replica
Day 1: Caeserea - Dedicatory inscription sign
05/23/2011 11:19:40
Dedicatory inscription sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Cistern sign
05/23/2011 11:16:28
Cistern sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Well
05/23/2011 11:22:06
Well
Day 1: Caeserea - Well
05/23/2011 11:22:16
Well
Day 1: Caeserea - Well sign
05/23/2011 11:22:36
Well sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Harbor remnants
05/23/2011 11:22:58
Harbor remnants
Day 1: Caeserea - Praetorium
05/23/2011 11:16:58
Praetorium
Day 1: Caeserea - Praetorium
05/23/2011 11:23:50
Praetorium
Day 1: Caeserea - Appeal to Caeser
05/23/2011 11:24:14
Appeal to Caeser
Day 1: Caeserea - Praetorium sign
05/23/2011 11:28:52
Praetorium sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Entrance complex rendering
05/23/2011 11:28:58
Entrance complex rendering
Day 1: Caeserea - Compound history
05/23/2011 11:29:22
Compound history
Day 1: Caeserea - Compound diagram
05/23/2011 11:29:32
Compound diagram
Day 1: Caeserea - South entry to Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:29:44
South entry to Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:30:08
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:30:12
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome sign
05/23/2011 11:30:28
Hippodrome sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome Meta Prima
05/23/2011 11:31:04
Hippodrome Meta Prima
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:31:24
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:31:40
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:32:20
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Lost western edge of hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:34:30
Lost western edge of hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace rendering
05/23/2011 11:34:46
Palace rendering
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:35:56
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Hippodrome
05/23/2011 11:36:26
Hippodrome
Day 1: Caeserea - Clear Mediterranean waters
05/23/2011 11:36:48
Clear Mediterranean waters
Day 1: Caeserea - Looking north
05/23/2011 11:37:40
Looking north
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace vaults
05/23/2011 11:39:08
Palace vaults
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace vaults
05/23/2011 11:39:22
Palace vaults
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace vaults sign
05/23/2011 11:39:44
Palace vaults sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Mosaics
05/23/2011 11:39:50
Mosaics
Day 1: Caeserea - Mosaics
05/23/2011 11:40:02
Mosaics
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace vaults
05/23/2011 11:40:16
Palace vaults
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace vaults
05/23/2011 11:40:28
Palace vaults
Day 1: Caeserea - Mithraeum sign
05/23/2011 11:40:48
Mithraeum sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Mithraeum
05/23/2011 11:40:54
Mithraeum
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace bath sign
05/23/2011 11:41:12
Palace bath sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace bath
05/23/2011 11:41:06
Palace bath
Day 1: Caeserea - Palace bath
05/23/2011 11:41:22
Palace bath
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader era fortress
05/23/2011 11:41:30
Crusader era fortress
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader era fortress walls
05/23/2011 11:41:44
Crusader era fortress walls
Day 1: Caeserea - Fortress walls
05/23/2011 11:42:04
Fortress walls
Day 1: Caeserea - Fortress walls
05/23/2011 11:42:08
Fortress walls
Day 1: Caeserea - Plaza
05/23/2011 11:42:30
Plaza
Day 1: Caeserea - Fortress walls
05/23/2011 11:42:40
Fortress walls
Day 1: Caeserea - Archway
05/23/2011 11:42:48
Archway
Day 1: Caeserea - Caeserea history sign
05/23/2011 11:42:56
Caeserea history sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Artist's quarter
05/23/2011 11:43:12
Artist's quarter
Day 1: Caeserea - Temple dais
05/23/2011 11:43:34
Temple dais
Day 1: Caeserea - Temple dais
05/23/2011 11:43:58
Temple dais
Day 1: Caeserea - Temple dais
05/23/2011 11:44:34
Temple dais
Day 1: Caeserea - Temple dais
05/23/2011 11:45:30
Temple dais
Day 1: Caeserea - Temple dais
05/23/2011 12:01:24
Temple dais
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:05:44
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:06:42
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:06:56
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:07:06
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:07:12
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:07:32
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Sarcophogi
05/23/2011 12:07:36
Sarcophogi
Day 1: Caeserea - Cornice remnant
05/23/2011 12:07:42
Cornice remnant
Day 1: Caeserea - Caeserea
05/23/2011 12:08:16
Caeserea
Day 1: Caeserea - Herod's Harbor
05/23/2011 12:08:30
Herod's Harbor
Day 1: Caeserea - Caeserea
05/23/2011 12:08:44
Caeserea
Day 1: Caeserea - Nymphaeum
05/23/2011 12:09:16
Nymphaeum
Day 1: Caeserea - Nymphaeum
05/23/2011 12:12:22
Nymphaeum
Day 1: Caeserea - Seeking shade
05/23/2011 12:12:56
Seeking shade
Day 1: Caeserea - Special tree?
05/23/2011 12:17:14
Special tree?
Day 1: Caeserea - Tree?
05/23/2011 12:17:30
Tree?
Day 1: Caeserea - Tree?
05/23/2011 12:18:06
Tree?
Day 1: Caeserea - Path to Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:18:02
Path to Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:18:46
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Path to Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:18:56
Path to Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:19:48
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:20:08
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:20:18
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:20:30
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:20:36
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:20:46
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Crusader gate
05/23/2011 12:21:12
Crusader gate
Day 1: Caeserea - Moat
05/23/2011 12:21:30
Moat
Day 1: Caeserea - Caeserea history sign
05/23/2011 12:21:36
Caeserea history sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Gate sign
05/23/2011 12:21:42
Gate sign
Day 1: Caeserea - Moat
05/23/2011 12:22:02
Moat
Day 1: Caeserea - Moat bridge
05/23/2011 12:22:22
Moat bridge
Day 1: Caeserea - Moat bridge
05/23/2011 12:23:38
Moat bridge
Day 1: Caeserea - Entry
05/23/2011 12:23:06
Entry
Day 1: Caeserea - Returning to the bus
05/23/2011 12:26:08
Returning to the bus
Day 1: Caeserea - Power plant in Caesarea
05/23/2011 10:18:06
Power plant in Caesarea
Day 1: Caeserea - Power plant
05/23/2011 10:20:02
Power plant
Day 1: Caeserea - Power plant
05/23/2011 12:35:48
Power plant

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