While my parents were here, Jonathan and I took them to visit the ruins at Caesarea.
Caesarea was built on the coast of the Mediterranean over a period of 12 years by Herod, and was completed around 10 BCE. The Roman theater at Caesarea is the oldest found in Israel.
Noisy, 360 view:
The ruins of Herod’s palace on the sea are not much to look at now, but the drawings make it look pretty amazing.
The Herodian amphitheater is more than 800 feet long, could seat up to 10,000, and was used for horse races, sporting events, and other forms of entertainment.
…like chariot racing?
Part of the “archaeological section” was left intact along the edge of the amphitheater so that visitors can see the strata that archaeologists have sifted through to date and reconstruct it all.
This mosaic floor, one of many, is located near the Mithraeum, the shrine to the Persian god Mithras. Incredible.
The fortified medieval city is furthest north along the coast.
Once inside the walls there is a modern section filled with shops, restaurants, and cats — walk a little further and you’ll come to more ruins.
The fortified city is surrounded by a 30-ft deep dry moat, which, lamentably, didn’t have basketball courts in it.
Gorgeous cactus flowers? Yes.
We eventually made our way back to the car and drove to find the remains of the Roman aqueduct nearby. This aqueduct carried water to Caesarea from springs that are located more than four and a half miles away.
We saw at least four brides over the course of the day. Not a bad venue for wedding photos.