Caesarea Travel Blog› entry 2 of 16 › view all entries
I must admit we were too short in Tel Aviv, but the next day we left to north Israel and first went to Caesarea. Caesarea was a city and harbor built by Herodus the Great about 25BC. Today, its ruins lie on the Mediterranean coast of Israel about halfway between the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the site of Pyrgos Stratonos. Caesarea was named to flatter the Caesar. Herodus was a Jewish Roman client king of Israel. He is very famous because of his buildings, also in Jerusalem, but was also a very cruel madman murdering familymembers, opposers and rabbis. The city became the seat of the Roman praefecti soon after its foundation. In 66 AD, a massacre of Jews here and the desecration of the local synagogue led to the disastrous Jewish revolt.