The 10 kilometer-long Ashkelon beach attracts both local and foreign beach-goers. Ashkelon, proclaimed a national tourism site, is rapidly developing this sphere.
The Crusaders built ancient columns into the port defences.
The Roman amphitheater was built facing the sea. Today spectators seating in the restored galleries may still admire the sunset while listening to concerts under the aegis of the Israeli Music Festival.
School boys gather at the Roman amphitheater for a break .
Caesarea - ruins of Promontory Palace
Caesarea - Herodian aqueduct
Modern fishing harbour in Akko
This citadel moat was built by the Crusaders.
The Arches were designed by craftsmen from the Western countries.
The book of Acts refers repeatedly to the city. Peter visited Caesarea (Acts 10). Paul was held prisoner in Caesarea for two years (Acts 23:23-23:30), while awaiting trial. It was from here that Paul sailed to Rome (Acts 27:1). Origen and Eusebius were important Christians of Caesarea. The city was eventually destroyed in the Moslem invasions of 638.
The name Pilatus appears on a bloc of stone
In summer, the Roman Theater, fully restored from the rubble left after the Arab conquest, offers concerts under the aegis of the Israeli Music Festival.
Herod the Great ruled the Land of Israel from 37 to 4 B.C. During that time he constructed a large port city called Caesarea to honor Roman Caesar Augustus. The project was built on the remains of an earlier Phoenician city called Strato’s Tower. Once it was completed Caesarea took on even more importance than Jerusalem and became the heart of Roman rule in the land. Herod built a port in the bay, and erected all the cultural institutions found in every great Greco-Roman city, a theater, a hippodrome, and a luxurious bathhouse. In order to supply water to the city’s ever-growing population, he prepared an aqueduct system stretching from the springs of Mt. Carmel to Caesarea. Part of this system is still visible today.
The Roman theater was so designed that from their seats, the audience could look out over the orchestra and the remains of the stage buildings, and see the sea and the setting sun.
The breakwaters of Herod's magnificent harbour, sunken by seismic activity, lie beneath the waves offshore.