Gary and Debbie's Israel Trip 2016 travel blog

Ruins of an amphitheater next to Herrod's palace.

Looking out on the Hippodrome ruins. The palace ruins are on the...

The room where St. Paul was tried.

The harbor is behind Debbie

The aqua duct

The man-made pool

It's just an impressive site by the water

Saturday was a splendid day! We left Tel Aviv at eight in the morning bright sunshine and 70° weather all day. We drove north along the coastal Plains, called the Sharon's a great drive of sand dunes and the Mediterranean Sea on the left and the rolling hills on the right. We stopped about 20 miles north on the shore at an historical site called Caesarea. The ruins go back to King Herod's time, in fact they are of King Herod palace. Dates back 22 BC. There is an amphitheater there, ruins of his palace and a large activity area called the Hippodrome area that includes ruins of a 36,000 stadium for Roman chariot races, an outdoor gym and man-made pool in the Mediterranean sea. The palace is famous for a room in which St. Paul was incarcerated for sometime and tried for his missionary work, but was not convicted.

They are pretty sure that Pontius Pilate lived here, too.

About a mile down the road we saw the ruins of the aqueduct that brought water to the palace from the mountains about 15 miles away. It is a very sophisticated complex in front of what used to be the largest harbor in the Roman Empire; it could hold 300 ships.

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