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.
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 this ancient site is now a modern city on Israel's Mediterranean coast. In fact, in 2020, it was named No. 12 in Travel and Leisure Magazine's 50 Best Places to Travel. "Admire the ancient harbor from a table at Helena Restaurant – a seaside fine-dining spot that features locally foraged ingredients and Israeli wines – then wander the ruins of bathhouses or explore submerged Roman breakwaters, columns, and cargo along the snorkeling and scuba diving trails at the Old Caesarea Diving Center," the magazine wrote.
It's a destination that you'll surely want to know more about – especially after browsing through these stunning images.
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