"Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders..." Caesarea by iblatt
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Caesarea is one of Israel's most impressive archaeological sites. It is centrally located, on the seashore between Tel-Aviv and Haifa, and therefore easily accessible. Today, most of the ruins are included in the Caesarea Natioal Park, managed by Israel's Nature and Park Authority.
Caesarea bears testimony to some of the most interesting periods in Israel's remote history; it was built by King Herod, in the Roman period, as a magnificent typical Roman city, complete with port, palaces, theater, hippodrome and extensive, elegant public baths.
The other important period in Caesarea's history is the Crusader period, especially in the 13th century, and the walls, ramparts and fortifications are very well preserved.
Besides visiting the impressive and extensive archeological remains, there are other things to do in Caesarea: Restaurants and cafes overlooking the ancient harbor, art galleries and shops, a swimming beach, and even diving. In the summer there is the Jazz Festival in the ancient city, and throughout the year there are various concerts in the Roman theater.
A short distance from the National Park lies the modern villa suburb of Caesarea, with Israel's only golf course and a very good art museum.
There used to be no public bus service to the Caesarea Archaeological Park; The nearest town to Caesarea is Or-Akiva.... more travel advice
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