Construction of Ceasarea began in 22 BC. A large sea port, amphitheater, hippodrome, palaces, temples and marketplace was built by King Herod the Great in only 12 years. Herod named it Ceasarea after his patron Augustus Ceasar; it covers 164 acres and eventually populated to over 100,000.
After Herod’s death, Ceasarea became the headquarters of Rome’s area governors, one of which was Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea when Jesus was crucified.
Ceasarea is located on the Mediterranean Sea about 50 miles north of Tel Aviv. I wish I had more time to spend there.
Thought for the Day: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise me from the east to Jerusalem. Matthew 2:1