I find it amazing. walking among the ruins of Caesarea, dating back to 582 BC, that the Israeli military was still busy blowing up abandoned mines (in the Mediterranean) that had washed on or near the shore of this historic site. The mines are remnants of the days when Great Britain occupied this area until Israel’s independence on May 14, 1948. We walk among the ruins and destruction dating back centuries and still deal with recent history as well.

Entering the city…

To enter Caesarea National Park we crossed over  the moat that surrounded the Crusader Wall of the city.  then through a gatehouse with gothic vaulting,

that contains, what we think, was a place they either made wine or oil.

Emerging from the gatehouse, we found ourselves in the large fortified town, which covered a small part of the great Herodian/Roman city.


Those of you who have been following my blog know that the next place we had to visit was one of the restaurants located on the site.

For lunch, I once again had shakshuka with Turkish coffee… and Eileen had a salad with tuna.

The Roman Theater…

After lunch we headed over to the The Roman Theater, capable of seating 5,000 spectators, it was constructed in the time of Jesus and Pontius Pilate, and has been restored. Concerts and other performances are still frequently held here.

The Herodian Amphitheatre…

The ampitheatre, built by Herod, was used for sporting events including chariot racing. It held seats for about 10,000 spectators. The view of the Mediterranean from the seating area where I shot this image, would not have been visible, as 12 rows of seats would have stretched for about 250 yards obstructing the view.

The Port of Sebastos…

Very little of the harbor remains. The man made jetty, which extends out into the sea, was off limits on the day we visted because Israeli soldiers were busy detonating old mines and grenades that had washed up or came close to the shoreline.

The Aqueduct

Located about 5 miles north of the old city is the aqueduct. It was almost 9km (6 miles) in length, though most of it has been buried by shifting sands. It carried fresh water into the city.  Here is a view of the aqueduct at sunset.


9 thoughts on “Caesarea

  1. Wow, talk about decrepitude, this is the real deal, and beautiful to boot! Again, love your shots and writing sharing all this. And the food! Looks wonderful. Best to you both! -Dan

  2. wow this is really neat…. I didn’t know safta made shakshuka she never told me… Well i’ve never seen her make it and i’ve never seen the one she makes… but it must be deliciouse… (even though I probably won’t eat it. just cuz i don’t eat things like that… I don’t think.) Well I hope u have fun send this to safta and Corinne too ❤ XOXO
    -Idan 🙂

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