The City Of Caesarea
The city of Caesarea is an ancient and fascinating port city on the shores of the Mediterranean. The foundation of this beautiful city took place in the years 25-13 BC. There are old and impressive buildings, whose edification dates back to King Herod’s reign, the ‘Builder King’. The name Caesarea is a dedication to Emperor Caesar Augustus. The ancient Port of Sebastos was the vibrant core of the town, and it was built by Herod; its Greek name is due to the emperor Augustus Sebastos.
The magnificent construction close to the sea deserves a visit. This stunning city has romantic and nostalgic atmospheres. Caesarea is conveniently located on the coastal road; indeed, it is 50 kilometres from Tel Aviv and about 40 kilometres from Haifa. Hence, Caesarea is an accessible and popular destination. Moreover, Caesarea’s city is a spectacular combination of sea and antiquities, history, and archaeology. It offers a unique experience.
Beautiful Scenario Of The City Of Caesarea
In his book “History of the Jewish War,” Yosef ben Matityahu describes Caesarea’s city. Indeed, even about 2,000 years later, it is impossible not to agree with him. It is recommended to visit the ‘Caesarea National Park‘, where many impressive buildings have been amazingly preserved to experience the glorious city. The Roman theatre was built by King Herod, and it stands at the national park entrance. In the past, the ordinary people and seafarers who visited the city came to watch dramas and comedies in the Roman theatre. Indeed, this impressive Roman theatre was a cultural place of leisure, and it was built as a semicircle with a threshing floor, blocks of seats, an orchestra, and corridors.
Nowadays, the renovated theatre serves as a coveted performance centre for most of the artists in Israel. Performing in Caesarea is a significant milestone and an important achievement for an Israel musician. The reef palace, next to the Roman theatre, was built on top of a marine reef. Although most of the palace’s ruins had sunk into the sea, some of the palace’s remains can still be seen. We can imagine this great and splendid building like it was in the past. You can visit the ruins of a swimming pool in the palace, an impressive mosaic floor, and much more.
The Hippodrome Of The City Of Caesarea
Another interesting ancient place is located right in front of the shoreline. It is the Hippodrome, which was built during Herod’s reign and in the past, it was a celebration location. In the hippodrome, various events took places, such as athletics competitions, gladiatorial fights, music events, and horse races. Recently, the Hippodrome had been hosting multiple events. Nature and Parks Authority manages the site and organises many children and families’ activities on holidays and vacations. Additionally, there is an ancient toilet building, a bathhouse, a display of archaeological ruins, audio-visual exhibitions, and much more. Hence, it is highly recommended to visit the ancient Hippodrome, which never ceases to amaze.
The Beaches Of Caesarea
In addition to ancient buildings, Caesarea has a large selection of cafes and restaurants in an atmosphere of antiquity and close to the Mediterranean sea. The beaches of Caesarea are a special place where travellers can enjoy relaxing moments in contact with nature and sea.
- The ‘Aqueduct Beach’ (arches), also called the ‘Aqueduct Beach‘, is accessible for free. Its name comes from the ancient and impressive Roman aqueduct, which is right at the beach entrance. Beautiful shells and stones in various colours, coves, and several bathing places, will ensure many hours of enjoyment on this stunning beach.
- The ‘Port Beach’ is at a short walk from the galleries and attractions of Caesarea Port. Port Beach has clean sand, and there, it is possible to rent chairs, sunbeds, and umbrellas. You will also find a restaurant, toilets, and wardrobes. Indeed, it is a great place where to spend time, swimming safely in the calm and shallow waters in front of the remaining breakwater, dating back to the times of Herod.