Postcard from Israel: Caesarea


“What did the Romans ever do for us?” goes the old Monty Python line.

Well, they certainly left us some pretty spectacular places to visit here in Israel, so this week our virtual trip takes us to Caesarea with its amphitheatre and hippodrome, luxurious mosaic-floored bath-houses and later Byzantine and Crusader additions, all on the beautiful Mediterranean coastline.

Of course Hanna Senech captured it best in her delightfully simple poem The walk to Caesarea:

My God, My God, I pray that these things never end,

The sand and the sea,

The rustle of the waters,

Lightning of the Heavens,

The prayer of Man.

All photos taken by Israelinurse

5 comments on “Postcard from Israel: Caesarea

  1. From what I know of Israeli concert videos, it seems that the amphitheater in Caesaria is the premier spot for outdoor concerts for Israeli musicians. Nachon?

  2. It’s Hannah Szenes, not Senech. Hungarians pronounce “sz” like an English “s”, but “s” on its own is pronounced “sh”. So her name was pronounced something like “senesh”.

    • Not one in Israel (or in other countries outside Hungary) can spell a Hungarian name properly.

  3. The feature commonly refered to as the “amphitheater” of Caesaria is in fact a theater. The Colloseum in Rome is an amphitheater – a complete circle as opposed to the theater’s half circle. Caesaria did have a genuine amphitheater, to the north east of the city, but its whereabouts were only recently discovered and it has yet to be excavated.

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