It was like going back to the times of the Ben Hur movie! I was thrilled!
Caesarea Maritima was build from 25-13 BC by King Heron ( yes, The King Herod of the Bible) as a major port for the Roman Empire. It was the place where Pontius Pilate governed during the time of Jesus.The site is now a historical site between north of Tel Aviv.
Herod build himself a grand palace on the sea plus an amphitheatre and a hippodrome for chariot races just like in the movies.
The site changed hands many times over the course of history. It was the capital of a Byzantine providence. Then it was the last city in the Holy Land to fall to the Arabs. The Crusades march in later and changed the whole port into a fortified city.
I witnessed the layers of history represented in artifacts from different eras.
I enjoyed the exhibit showing pottery from different periods of time.
Glass came later.
What an experience back in time! I loved every minute!
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