Caesarea Maritima (Greek: παράλιος Καισάρεια), called Caesarea Palaestina from 133 CE onwards ), was a city built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BC. Herod dedicated the city to Caesar Augustus. Today, the city lies on the Mediterranean coast of Israel about halfway between the modern cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the site of Pyrgos Stratonos ("Strato" or "Straton's Tower", in Latin Turris Stratonis).
Herod built his palace on a promontory jutting out into the sea, with a decorative pool surrounded by stoas. In 13 BCE, Caesarea became the civilian and military capital of Judaea, and the official residence of the Roman procurators and governors, Pontius Pilatus, praefectus and Antonius Felix. Remains of the principal buildings erected by Herod and the medieval town are still visible today, including the city walls, the castle and a Crusader cathedral and church.What was unique about Ceasaria was the harbor that was built. It was the first artificial harbor built in an open sea.
After the revolt of Simon bar Kokhba, which ended with the destruction of Jerusalem, Caesarea became the center of Christianity in Palestine; however, there is no record of any bishop of Caesarea until the end of the 2nd century, when a council was held there to regulate the celebration of Easter.
In the 7th century, the city was captured first by the Persians, then in 638 by the Muslims, and in one or the other upheaval the great library was destroyed. 20,000 Jews and 30,000 Samaritans who lived in the city prior to the Muslim occupation (according to the Arab historian al-Baladhuri) vanished altogether from the historical record.
The walls remained, but within them the population dwindled and agriculture crept in among the ruins. When Baldwin I took the city in 1101/2, during the First Crusade, it was still very rich, nevertheless. A legend grew up that in this city was discovered the Holy Grail around which so much lore accrued in the next two centuries
Caesarea has recently become the site of what bills itself as the world's first underwater museum, where 36 points of interest on four marked underwater trails through the ancient harbor can be explored by divers equipped with waterproof maps.
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plimrn (21344) 2008-01-13 13:54
I was cruising the gallery and your photo just leaped off the page at me. I like the way you framed the golden curve of sand. Details and color are just perfect.
gracious (20025) 2008-01-13 19:09
This is a true beauty to me!
I like to thank you for the informative and useful notes regarding this photo captured!
perfect sharpness, awesome colouration and details all round
evanrizo (456) 2008-01-16 0:27
Hi David, this image has a superb illumination, the clearness is fabulous.
Congratulations for this work and the notice.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-01-16 1:18
Nice little beach, I like the promising water color here but it is pity that you have cut this nice curve on the left that carries all the dynamics of the shot.
Have a nice day,
bakes888 (18499) 2008-01-16 19:34
Hi David. Compliments of the season to you and your family, hope the new year finds you all in good health. Great photo. Well composed with good colour and detail. Thanks for sharing.
jwmunro (286) 2008-01-17 16:44
Hello David -
This is a bit of an under recognized image, IMO. I like the afternoon lighting as it has made the sand a warm golden color and added tone to the water. Very nice in deed. I am wondering what a few more hours would have produced lighting wise. I think this image needs a few people in the water or on the beach to really pop.
Thank you for sharing.
gunbud (34066) 2008-01-21 18:15
Wonderful capture of the enchanting turquoise sea as it meets the powder blue sky at the horizons edge. The sandy beach and old stone fortress contrasts nicely with the colors of the sea. Very informative historical note.
angela926 (1882) 2008-01-27 10:15
Very beautiful seascape, very good composition and nice point of view,excellent sharpness and depth of field,beautiful colors, the blues and greens are spectacular!
- Copyright: David White (Davidwh) (3662)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED DX AF-S, Tiffen 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-13 12:44