Israel Trip – Day 3 (Caesarea Maritima)

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On day three (June 12) we hit the ground running. After an early breakfast, we boarded the bus with all our luggage and were on the road by 8:00 a.m.

Our first stop was Caesarea Maritima (or Caesarea by the Sea—a port built by Herod). As our itinerary explained:

“Here Pontius Pilate had his base, Cornelius lived and was baptized (Acts 10), from where Paul embarked to Tarsus (Acts 9:30) and where Philip preached (Acts 8:40).

Our guide began by schooling us in the art of choosing a city site. A good ancient city site needed four things: 1] water; 2] protection from enemies (e.g. elevation so enemies could be seen); 3] access to transportation (near the road system); 4] nearness to arable land to provide food.

Caesarea ticked none of these boxes yet Herod built a thriving city at this site on the Mediterranean.

We saw many ruins. There was a theatre, which has been revamped for current-day use.

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Ruins of Caesarea (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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More Caesarea excavations. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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Theatre ruins which have been incorporated into a modern outdoor theatre. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

There were capitals and pillars, and a stone on which Pontius Pilate’s name was engraved.

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A Caesarea arch. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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Capitals from Caesarea. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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Beautiful marble pillars. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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A stone on which Pontius Pilate’s name is engraved. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

There were hippodrome ruins (site of sports like chariot races) with its arched areas of exit (vomitoria).

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Caesarea Hippodrome. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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Arches of the lower level of the Hippodrome, from which people exited the venue. They were called vomitoria. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

We walked to the port site, where informational signs explained a bit about the harbour.

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I snapped a Caesarea Nymphaeum.

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We walked through some of the ruins of the Crusader City (a section rebuilt centuries after Caesarea Port was first built) and saw the moat that apparently never held any water.

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An arch of the Crusader City. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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The castle’s dry moat. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

On the drive away from Caesarea by the Sea, we stopped briefly at the aqueduct—a raised structure which carried water from springs 10 Km. distant to the city of Caesarea when city wells could no longer supply the city’s water needs.

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Caesarea Aqueduct. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

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The Aqueduct with sand piling up on the right. Archeologists had to dig through that much and more sand to uncover this ancient structure. (Photo © 2019 by V. Nesdoly)

2 thoughts on “Israel Trip – Day 3 (Caesarea Maritima)

  1. Good for you and the hubby, Violet! This looks so interesting and, I’m sure, inspiring as well. You have so much to take in. Enjoy the present moments too.

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