Touring Caesarea wasn’t simply about seeing new places but it was also about learning history and witnessing the beauty in it.
Located on the Israeli coastal plain(the historic land bridge between Europe, Asia ad Africa), Caesarea is a town in Israel built by Herod the Great, about 25–13 BCE, as the port city. It’s named in honor of the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus.
Being a town that flourished during the Ottoman, Crusader and even during the Byzantine era, Caesarea has a unique beauty that’s a mix of the old and the new.
The town here is divided into a number of residential zones known as clusters. It’s a safe place for tourists to explore. Adding to the pleasant cloudy morning weather, the calm and serene atmosphere in the town made my mood perfect for the day!
This ancient Roman amphitheater is a stunning setting for concerts performed by Israeli and international artists. Caesarea Jazz Festival has been taking place here during the recent years. The theater has a seating arrangement for about 4,500 spectators as it would’ve been two millennia ago. Sitting here, one could not only enjoy the show, but also have a panoramic view of the Mediterranean sea which turns magical upon sunset when everything turns into a golden hue as the sun sinks into the sea.
Ancient Roman Aqueduct
Not far from the Amphitheater, the Aqueduct remains too attract the tourists. These aqueducts used to work as a water supply or navigable channel constructed to convey water.There are the remains of around 600 aqueducts here and some are as old as 7th Century BC!
There was an expanse of clear sky and calm sea. There weren’t many tourists at this place. And it was good to enjoy the view sitting on the aqueducts. I liked this place.
The Ralli Museum
The Ralli Museum is a private conglomerate of two art museums Ralli I an Ralli II in Caesarea. Being part of the international foundation Ralli Museums, it houses collections of Latin American art and several Salvador Dali originals. There are exhibitions here that commemorate the the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. It preserves the history and art of the Jewish Community of Thessaloniki, which was almost destroyed in the Holocaust.