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A fascinating photo tour of the ancient city of Caesarea

This coastal Israeli city was once part of the Roman Empire and is now steeped in history, wonder and beauty.


September 30, 2016 | Latest Photo Prev Next
The harbor in the city of Caesarea, once known as Caesarea Maritima, is one of the city's most recognizable features. The harbor in the city of Caesarea, once known as Caesarea Maritima, is one of the city's most recognizable features. Photo: irisphoto1 / Shutterstock
September 30, 2016 | Latest Photo

If you remember nothing else from your ancient history lessons, remember this: the Roman Empire was huge. Massive. These guys ruled all across Europe and parts of Africa and Asia, from the borders of Scotland to the deserts of Egypt, and claimed between 50 million and 90 million inhabitants. It also lasted a really long time: Estimates put the establishment of the Empire at around 27 B.C. and its dissolution at 1453 A.D.

Indeed, that legendary era has gifted us some pretty amazing architectural wonders: The Pantheon. Ephesus. Pompeii. Caesarea.

Caesarea? Maybe you haven't heard of it. But it's a site, now a modern city on Israel's Mediterranean coast, that you'll want to know more about – especially after browsing through these stunning images.

The ruins of the Roman Thermae, once a large bath complex, overlook the sea in Caesarea.The ruins of the Roman Thermae, once a large bath complex, overlook the Mediterranean Sea in Caesarea. (Photo: eFesenko/Shutterstock)

The famous archaeological area is full of cozy cafes, seaside restaurants and other places to relax and enjoy the view.The famous archaeological area is home to cozy cafes, seaside restaurants and other places to relax and enjoy the view. (Photo: eFesenko/Shutterstock)

This stone statue of a giant human foot sits at Caesarea Maritima National Park.Don't try to put it in your mouth. This stone statue of a giant human foot sits at Caesarea Maritima National Park. (Photo: irisphoto1/Shutterstock)

Surfers glide along the harbor off Caesarea, presumably admiring the crystal-blue waters that surround them.Surfers glide along the harbor off Caesarea, presumably admiring the crystal-blue waters that surround them. (Photo: eFesenko/Shutterstock)

The ruins of an archway still hover over one of Caesarea's main streets.The ruins of an archway still hover over one of Caesarea's main streets. (Photo: irisphoto1/Shutterstock)

This bronze statue is one of several Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine archaeological findings in Caesarea.This bronze statue is one of several Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine archaeological findings in Caesarea. (Photo: Naeblys/Shutterstock)

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