Of the many ancient historical sites found in Israel, one of the most impressive is Caesarea, located on the Mediterranean coast about halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The name derives from the ancient city of Caesarea Maritima, which was built by Herod the Great, the Roman client king of Judea, about 25–13 BCE. At the time, it was a major seaport.
Quote: “Today, the amphitheater is not only a spectacular relic of the past, but a modern performing venue where concerts are frequently held. Inside the gate of the theater is a plaque with a replica (the original is in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem) of the inscription found during excavations in 1959-63 with the words “TIBERIVM” and “TIVS PILATUS,” references to Emperor Tiberius and Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judea at the time of Jesus. This was an important find because it is the only archaeological evidence of Pilate’s existence.”
Sources: Wikipedia (introduction), My Jewish Learning (quotation)
Learn more about Caesarea from Wikipedia. ►
Watch “Caesarea by the sea video tour” (with narration) [8:02]. ►
Watch “Walkabout Israel: Caesarea” (no narration) [15:26].” ►
Watch “Israel, Caesarea National Park: Amphitheater, Old City, Port, Reef Palace, Mosque, etc.” (no narration) [1:05:00] ►
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