With less than ten days for a pilgrim tour in Israel, my travel companions and I wasted no time. First stop? Caesaria by the sea. Fresh(?) off three connecting flights, most of our R&R was done in the tour bus, while we marvel at the “sights to see” starting from Tel-Aviv towards Tiberias.
Back to Caesaria, here is an excerpt from the book we received in the course of our stay in Israel:
The ruins of the city of Caesaria by the sea stand as a memorial to the Roman influence in Israel during the New Testament times. It was here that Paul was imprisoned and from here sent to Rome for trial.
The city was founded in 22 B.C. by Herod the Great and was complete with huge breakwater and a temple with a colossal statue of Augustus Ceasar. Other major buildings included a race track or hippodrome, a theater, and an amphitheater, the remains of which still serve as an outdoor theater. This area housed barbaric events such as the match between 2,500 Jews and wild beasts staged by Titus in celebration of his brother’s birthday. It was also the place of the martyrdom of innumerable Christians until Rome legalized the Christian faith in the 4th Century A.D.
— Dr. Lester Sumrall, Miracle on the Mediterranean
Below are more photos from our first stop: