Caesarea—A Place for Entertainment, Evangelism, and Education

Caesarea still is a place of good news.

People had money to burn in Caesarea. As one of the largest seaports on the eastern Mediterranean—and located along the International highway—Caesarea enjoyed a constant flow of people and commerce.

Caesarea—Explore Israel’s Harbor & Herod’s Palace

(Photo: Caesarea’s Ancient Harbor. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The bustling seaport featured all the usual touches of Roman culture—including a vast entertainment industry for the masses that frequented the city.

This hub of transportation became the means by which people received more than a good show.

They received good news.

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Caesarea—Explore Israel’s Harbor & Herod’s Palace

The straight line of Israel’s seacoast has never lent itself to significant harbors. For centuries, only Joppa in the south and Acco in the north provided modest havens for ships. But in 22 BC, work began on a new port—a vast harbor befitting the grand ideals of its visionary, King Herod the Great.

Caesarea—Explore Israel’s Harbor & Herod’s Palace

(Photo: Caesarea’s Ancient Harbor, courtesy of Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

At Caesarea today, a modern harbor rests in the same location as the ancient one. The few fishing vessels and pleasure boats moored to the modern pier do little justice to the port of the first century.

I shot the following video while flying in a helicopter over Caesarea.

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