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Caesarea is a town in Israel on the outskirts of Caesarea Maritima, the ancient port city. It is located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Haifa (45 km), on the Israeli Mediterranean coast near the city of Hadera.

The Roman Theater of Caesarea is a well-preserved and fully restored theater built by Herod. It is notable for its modern use for concerts, its fine view of the sea and the inscription discovered here that mentions Pontius Pilate.
The theater was built by Herod in 22-10 BC and was the first of its kind in Israel. It was continuously maintained throughout the Roman and much of the Byzantine eras. It had (and has) a seating capacity of 3,500-4,000 and was built using many granite columns from Aswan. Originally, there was a large stage that blocked the view of the sea.

The theater is located about 70 meters inside the south wall of the Byzantine city, and is the first monument you encounter coming from the highway. It has been fully reconstructed except for the stage (in order to preserve the fine sea view). In the center is a special seating area that would have been reserved for Herod and other dignitaries. The semicircular platform behind the stage was added in the 3rd century. Today, the restored theater is frequently used for performances.

after www.sacred-destinations.com

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