The City of Caesarea is located mid-way between Haifa and Tel Aviv, on the Israeli coastal plain. Today, it is one of Israel’s main tourist attractions as well as an increasingly popular location for Israel’s elite due to the quiet and peaceful neighborhoods of the modern town featuring contemporary architecture.
The city of Caesarea was built by one of the greatest builders of the ancient world – King Herod the Great. It was dedicated to and named for Caesar Augustus more than 2,000 years ago.
Within the national park are remains of several impressive structures including the hippodrome for chariot races and the theatre which is still used today as a concert venue. The magnificent aqueduct, which may date to the time of Herod in the first century BCE and was repaired and expanded by the Romans in the second century CE can still be seen on the Caesarea Beach; originally it would have bought water to the city from springs at the foot of Mount Carmel over 10 km away.
During the Byzantine period, Caesarea was an important Christian center. According to Christian tradition it was here that the first gentile was converted – the Roman centurion Cornelius.
Caesarea’s antiquities park is said to be one of Israel’s most impressive parks, housing unique structures from various periods. There are architectural relics dating from the Hellenistic period (the 3rd century BCE) to the Crusader period (the 12th century).