Caesarea National Park

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Caesarea National Park is just north of the central midway part of Israel along the Mediterranean coastline.  The national park encompasses an area around the city making one of the smaller national parks.

The ancient city of Caesarea Maritima was constructed during the reign of Herod the Great around 10-9 BCE.  The city was fortified by the Romans, early Christians, Muslims, and then again by Christian Crusaders.

The ruins include an amphitheater, a Roman aqueduct, the Herodian hippodrome, and much more.  One of the archaeological finds was a limestone block that featured an inscription noting Pilate.  Pilate is renowned for his part in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.  This is the only archaeological find featuring his name.

The ancient city ruins are surrounded by beautiful beaches that complement the stunning nature of the archaeological site.  There is also an underwater museum where visitors are able to dive and experience the ruins of the city which are underwater.

A museum is located within the park boundaries.  The museum is an excellent opportunity for history enthusiasts to explore and learn all of the significant history and changes that have occurred within the city over the years. Caesarea is the only place in the world where visitors can discover and explore the architectural handiwork of the Romans and how they engineered the port.

History of Caesarea spans from the days of King Herod the Great up through the Crusader period.

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Highlights

The ruins of Caesarea are the highlight of the national park.  This historical and cultural iconic ancient city is an excellent glimpse into the architecture and mindset of Herod the Great.  This historical site is one of the more popular tourist attractions for Israel 

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Caesarea Trails

There are really not any trails associated with the national park.  There are plenty of places to walk around and roam about the ruins of the city.  However, there are some trails you may explore.

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Park Protection

Caesarea National Park was established for cultural and historical purposes.  The park protects the historical Roman architecture and influence on the region. The park also protects the astounding coastline and underwater ruins which may be explored.

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Caesarea Highlights

  • Caesarea Palestinae
  • Herod the Great cultural history
  • A concert in the ancient amphitheater
  • Underwater museum

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