Another Day In Ruins

6 Mar

Roman Aqueduct at Caesarea

Roman Aqueduct at Caesarea. Click image to view more photos of Caesarea

It was a warm day today, in the high 70s, overcast sky, a bit humid; a presage of the summer weather ahead of us. We’ve decided we should take advantage of the milder weather we are having now to explore the area. Once the hot weather settles in we probably won’t want to venture out of air-conditioned comfort for long.

We took the 45-minute drive to Caesarea, an ancient port city built by Herod on the site of an even older Phoenician city. The history of the place simply boggles the mind. Caesarea was an important capital city during Byzantine times and thrived until 614 when it began to go into decline. In the 12th century the city became a crucial port once more during the Crusades. A century later, the city was razed by the Mamelukes, leaving only the ruins which are now within a popular national park.

There weren’t too many tourists there today, so we had plenty of elbow room. We spent a few hours wandering about the ruins then had lunch in one of the many restaurants in the national park. Also on the grounds were a few souvenir shops as well as artist’s galleries. After lunch we drove over to view the Roman aqueduct. Very impressive indeed! The stone arches seemed to stretch on forever. In fact, the source of the aqueduct was 6 miles away at Mt. Carmel. Another mind-boggling fact: the aqueduct was in use for 1,200 years.

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4 Responses to “Another Day In Ruins”

  1. Domenica March 7, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Sounds fantastic. I want to go there!

  2. graham wood March 8, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    It all sounds great fun, we are both looking forward to being able to visit you in the autumn.
    We are now enjoying a holiday in Madeira,very beautiful and relaxing but far less interesting and challenging than where you are.

    • Lenora Genovese March 8, 2011 at 10:21 am #

      Graham! Wonderful to hear from you. Enjoy Madeira. We look forward to seeing you here come autumn! Hi to Heather!

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