Did I say Thursday? I am fairly certain this is from Thursday. Jet lag has really done a number on me! Yes, the events described below did in fact happen on Thursday. We had a really event filled first day, and word on the street is they will all be action packed. I suppose one has to get their money’s worth on a trip like this. Jet lag is why I can even write this. It’s actually Friday here now, Thursday for many of you. It’s 300 am in the morning here, and I am wide awake.
Wow. I have more thoughts on what we saw than I could ever write down in just a quick post, so all you will really get here is a few pictures and some quick notes. I hope you enjoy.
Our day started with a pretty nice breakfast at the Leonardo Plaza Hotel in Netanya.
The we packed up, hit the road, and headed out for a busy day! First we headed towards Caesarea by the sea.
This is the modern day power plant in Caesarea. For years it has been coal powered, but the discovery of natural gas fields in Israeli territorial water has prompted the conversion of them to natural gas powered.
First stop was Caesarea by the Sea. This is notable for being the great Seaport built by Herod the Great. This is certainly worthy of a post of it’s own, as the history surrounding it is fascinating. It is Biblically notable for two things especially, that being the two year imprisonment of Paul in Herod’s palace, and Peter’s trip there to witness to Cornelius and his family.
This is the Hippodrome. This particular one was used to film the chariot race scenes in the movie Ben Hur, which I thought was really cool.
This next part seems funny, but is really a sign of the advanced capabilities the Romans at the time had. What you see here are toilets at he entry way to the Hippodrome, complete with running water and hand washing facilities.That’s Moshe our guide showing how they worked LOL.
Here is the Theater at Caesarea. It was able to seat 3700 people which according the Moshe indicates a population of around 40,000 in the city when it was built, as apparently they Romans liked about 10 percent of a city’s population to be able to fit in the city arena. Note the arches. These are actually a Greek development, but put to great use later my the Romans in many of their big projects.
Finally, the Roman aqueduct which ran from Mt Carmel(our next destination) to Caesarea to provide water for the city, which had no natural water source. Note again the use of the arches in the construction.