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    • Day152

      Caesarea - Der Stolz König Herodes

      February 1, 2020 in Israel ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Auf dem "Heimweg" nach Tel Aviv haben wir die antike Stadt Caesarea besucht, welche vor 2000 Jahren eine beeindruckende Hafenstadt war. In nur elf Wintern schuf Herodes den ersten künstlichen Tiefseehafen und eine prunkvolle Stadt mit Hippodrom und Amphitheater - Wie lange bauen wir eigentlich noch am Berliner Flughafen? Noch heute kann man zahlreiche gut erhaltene Mosaike der Wohnhäuser bewundern und durch die Überbleibsel der alten Gemäuer wandern. Nach und nach verlor die Stadt jedoch an Bedeutung und das Meer holte sich einen Großteil der Stadtfläche zurück. Hier einen Tauchgang zu unternehmen, kann relativ lukrativ sein, denn 2015 fanden Hobbytauer dort einen Goldschatz von 7kg 💰Read more

      Traveler

      Die Errichtung des Flughafena BER begann am 5. Sptember 2006 und wird "so Gott will" am 31. Oktober 2020 (nach nur 14 Winter) eröffnet werden !!!

      2/1/20Reply
      Janina Lampe

      Hmh, dann hoffen wir doch mal das das Drama endlich sein Ende findet :P

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    • Day18

      Ancient Caesarea

      February 19, 2022 in Israel ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

      Ancient Caesarea (also Caesarea Maritima), just south of the modern town was built by Herod the Great and named for Augustus Caesar. Begun by Herod in 22 BCE, construction continued until 9 BCE when he finished the harbor (called Sebastos) that was built from nothing. That is, there was no place along the coast usable as a harbor. When it was built, it was the largest artificial harbor of it's time, rivaling even Alexandria in importance.
      Caesarea served as the provincial capital during Herod's reign and for some centuries thereafter. It was also an important place in the development of Christianity.
      The 1st picture looks across Herod's palace. The palace was on 2 levels. This picture looks across the upper or public label of the palace. The 2nd picture looks down on the lower or private level of the palace. This was built around an open courtyard with a pool that can still be seen in the center. Towards the bottom of the picture are some of the mosaics still in situ.
      The 3rd picture is the Roman theater, and the 4th picture is of some of the decorative elements from the original building.
      The 5th picture is the Herodias hippodrome, taken from one end. The original was twice as wide, but the Mediterranean (just visible to the left) waves washed out that portion. The last picture is a portion of the original wall along the hippodrome racecourse that has been set up to give a sence of the opulence Herod was famous for.
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    • Day24

      Haifa: Caesarea National Park

      April 11, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 68 °F

      From our previous visit to Haifa, I knew the train station was walking distance to where Insignia would be docked today. Not that we were taking a train. Rather, I knew the path to get us out of the port on foot was in that direction. Instructions from port security — and an escort by Javier, Insignia’s Chief Purser, when we ran into him along the way — made getting to the port entrance easy peasy.

      Short of taking a tour, renting a car was the easiest way to get ourselves to Caesarea National Park, about 40 km from the port. Luckily, Suncar (on Jaffa Street) was just a 15-minute walk from the port. Soon, we were breezing down Hwy 4 to Hwy 2 to Rte 6511.

      The park has a beautiful setting on the Mediterranean coast, between the Crocodile and Hadera rivers. I’m not going to go through the entire history of the area … anyone interested can look that up. Suffice to say that Phoenicians were living here as far back as 586-332 BCE. Other empires and kingdoms took over in the years that followed … and then the Romans came in 30 BCE. They awarded the land to King Herod, who built a large port city and named it Caesarea in honor of Octavian Augustus Caesar … Herod’s way of saving his neck from the chopping block.

      We entered the ruins of Caesarea through the perimeter fortifications and slowly made our way to the harbor area and the Visitor Center, which was open today. The museum inside is small, but the short film gave us a brief glimpse of how Herod built the city. Then, we wandered out towards the harbor, following a meandering course that took us through the ruins of the palace, vaults, public latrines and baths; along the length of the hippodrome where chariot races were held; and on to the Herodian Amphitheater.

      We enjoyed our visit to Caesarea National Park … except for being disappointed in the amphitheater, which has been restored with modern materials and now sports a performance stage that doesn’t fit the ambiance one bit. The Mediterranean served as a beautiful background for the ruins, the brilliant sun and blue sky adding to our pleasure in the day.

      All in all, an enjoyable day that more than made up for yesterday’s frustrations in Ashdod.
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      Traveler

      well that is too bad about the new construction. What were they thinking? looks like a very nice day.

      4/11/22Reply
      Two to Travel

      They use the theater at Ephesus, too, but have thus far resisted this level of modernization.

      4/11/22Reply
       
    • Day4

      Day 1 Biblelands tour

      September 14, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Day 1 of the official Biblelands tour! Beyond excited 😮 Caesarea (the largest man made port in the ancient world) amazing aqueduct which I can't believe is still there, old Joppa.. All quite surreal and I have to keep pinching myself that we are here 😍Read more

    • Day6

      Caesarea

      November 18, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Um noch mehr von Israel zu sehen, haben wir beschlossen, eine Tages-Bus-Tour zu buchen. Es ging von Tel Aviv nach Caesarea, mit kurzem Zwischenstop an den Bahai Gärten in Haifa zu den Grotten in Rosch Hanikra und abschließend nach Akkon.

      Herodes der Große ließ Caesarea etwa um die Zeit von Christi Geburt zu Ehren des römischen Kaisers Augustus anlegen, der mit vollem Namen Imperator Caesar Augustus hieß. Er stattete es mit einem Theater, einem Hippodrom, Geschäftsstraßen, großen Bädern und Palastanlagen luxuriös aus. Fast sechs Jahrhunderte war Caesarea eine einflussreiche und wohlhabende Stadt. Der anhaltende Aufschwung sorgte für immer neue Bauwerke, von denen auch heute noch einige gut erhalten sind. Der Hafen von Caesarea war zwischenzeitlich sogar der zweitgrößte im gesamten Mittelmeerraum.
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    • Day3

      Caesarea

      June 20, 2022 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

      Rozi had to leave for work early in the morning so it was just me and Elad this time around. He showed me his lego collection and helped me plan my route for the day as well as finding me a restaurant to try hummus. I had my doubts if hummus could actually fill me up but I was dead wrong because I could barely finish my hummus shakshuka. It was my last day staying in Tel Aviv and I really appreciated Elad and Rozi for letting me crash at their place. I was heading to Haifa and dropping by Caesarea National Park first. After I packed my things, I said goodbye to Elad and went off to the bus stop where I waited for a long time for the bus that never came, I backtracked again to Elad's place to borrow the wi-fi and try to find other routes but I was wasting a lot of time and getting a bit stressed. I decided on a route and saved a lot of photos on Google Maps, I just had to find my way to the train station before the train departs. The bus I got on was super crowded and noisy but at least I was making progress. I had trouble finding the entrance to the train station as well, I wasted more time trying to find the station and backtracking a couple of times until I was told that it was on the other side. From there, I tapped my Rav-Kav and got on a station heading to Caesarea. The train was surprisingly exquisite as it was very different compared to other forms of public transportation I've experienced thus far. The Israeli government had put in a lot of budget on its train system, I suppose. When I saw that the current stop was Caesarea, I kinda panicked a bit and went down from there, only to realize that I was still pretty far from the actual park. There was a lone taxi driver there waiting who offered to take me for a pretty price. I asked the nearby station staff about directions and if the price the driver quoted was fair, he had a stutter but was super accomodating and helpful. I ended up going with the taxi driver and was soon dropped in front of the ticket booth.

      Caesarea is a span of land by the sea featuring the remnants of ancient Roman ruins. It was also a bit commercialized as it had a lot of restaurants and shops scattered hither and tither. I left my bag beside a tree since it was so heavy and it would have been too difficult to explore while lugging it around. It was a risky play on my part but I was still too trusting and naive. I explored the west part first, the main highlight being the Roman theatre. The east side featured a lot of ruins by the sea and it was something more akin to a hiking trail that stretched all the way across to the opposite beach which had the aqueducts that I wanted to get a photo off but it was too far and I didn't have much time so I turned back to grab my bag which was thankfully still there. My bus was still a ways off so I hid underneath one of the buildings near the entrance to keep cool. I then waited for the bus that once again didn't arrive at the supposed time, maybe I was too used to Japan so I started to get a bit nervous as I really needed to get to Haifa. My friend Jacob was waiting for me there, another Israeli that I hosted in Tokyo who was hosting me back. I saw that there was another bus on the other side of the road so I crossed over to ask if it was heading to the train station and he said yes so I just went with it. Turns out this bus took the most time-consuming route possible and went all around the park and the nearby town before dropping me by the station. I was a bit late so I was feeling guilty making Jacob wait for me but at least I was heading towards Haifa now.
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    • Day27

      Caesarea Maritima

      June 2, 2015 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

      Another of Herod's greatest accomplishments. All of the harbor is underwater today, but it wasn't hard to see why Herod would want to build in this spot. A beautiful part of the Mediterranean.

      This is also the place where Paul spent 2 years in prison and where Peter meets Cornelius, the first Gentile convert to the faith.Read more

    • Day4

      Caesaria

      May 6, 2019 in Israel ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

      Caesaria war wohl eine bedeutende antike Stadt Palästinas, später auch eine wichtige Festung der Kreuzfahrer. Der ursprüngliche Name der Stadt war Stratonos Pyrgos und wurde kurz vor Christi Geburt von Caesar an Herod geschenkt, der sie dann umbenannte und ausbaute.

      Wunderschöne Landschaft drumherum, fällt es mir bei 36 Grad ohne Guide schwer, mich auf die Geschichte einzulassen und mache nur Fotos 😅

      Am selben Tag Raketenangriffe aus dem Gazastreifen, was ich hier aber nur durch Nachricht aus Deutschland mitbekomme.

      Den Krieg selbst sehen die Leute abgeklärt: bereits vor ein paar Tagen sagte ein Guide, dass es regelmäßig alle paar Jahre immer mal wieder zu Konflikten mit Gaza kommt, vermutlich sei es diesen Sommer wieder so weit.
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    • Day15

      Israel

      October 21, 2017 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

      We awoke to another jam packed day full of activities & places to visit. Our first stop was the ancient port city of Caesarea; the beautiful weather that we have experienced on this trip, has made for fantastic photo opportunities. The history of this once great city was incredible! Next we stopped just up the road to view the ancient aquaducts that brought fresh water to the city; amazing architectural & engineering feats & in a beautiful location along the Mediterranean Sea.
      The next hour was spent taking in the gorgeous views of the Israeli countryside (very similar to Australia) on our way to lunch at the ancient Tel Megiddo aka. Armageddon. Wow! The view was phenomenal! No wonder this was such a strategic stronghold for millennia! We could see the hills of Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Carmel Mountain Range & the Jordan Valley from here.
      After lunch we drove for another hour to Nazareth for a quick photo opportunity from the top of Mount Precipice. Hokey smokes, the view from here was breathtaking - way higher than Megido! We could have spent all day exploring the old city of Nazareth - we will definitely have to come back 😁
      We were back on the bus again for the 45 minute journey to the serene Sea of Galilee where we enjoyed a cruise before checking in to our accommodation for the next three nights - a kibbutz on the edge of the Sea of Galilee (Nof Ginosar). A beautiful, relaxing place to lay our weary heads after a long day of travelling.
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      Traveler

      Loving all your photos. The Tour posted one of your group blowing the Shofar on top of same mountain Paul is standing on with awesome view. xx

      10/24/17Reply
       
    • Day4

      Roman Caesarea

      December 16, 2017 in Israel ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

      So much to see, and you can wander round freely, imagining you're in your toga. A helpful CGI film at the beginning explained the long history of conquering and destruction which helped us imagine how it might have looked in each periodRead more

      Traveler

      Looks completely fabulous

      12/16/17Reply
       

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