CAESAREA Great Story
Caesarea, or to give it its full name Caesarea Maritima, was one of the major urban centers of the Roman East.
Today 2,000 years on Caesarea is once again an urban center. But while the old Caesarea was a bustling urban entity with a large harbor at the center of its economic modern residential Caesarea is something else.
It is a charming town of some 5,000 inhabitants which is set to grow substantially in the future.
The town was built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BCE as a port city its name honors Augustus Caesar Herod’s patron and Maritima describes the centrality of the port in the life of the city. After the fall of Jerusalem in the year AD 70 Caesarea Maritima became the de facto capital of the Roman province of Judea, and later with the rise of the Eastern Byzantine empire the capital city of the Byzantine, Palaestina Prima province.
Consequently, the Caesarea of today is an archeologists paradise. The ruins of the old city with its city walls, its moat, gates, warehouses, house churches palaces its amphitheater still in use today an aqueduct and the old harbor are a national park and one of the major tourist attractions of the state of Israel.
Historic touristic Caesarea is completely separate from the modern town of Caesarea.
The port of Caesarea was one of the most impressing engineering works in the ancient world. It was built on reclaimed land, a totally artificial harbor and now after two thousand years, the sea has reclaimed much of its own.
But enough of the harbor remains to attest to its former glory. The Caesarea Development Corporation invested large sums of money to create a small national park within the greater Caesarea National Park to show visitors what the harbor of Caesarea would have looked like 2,000 years ago. With the aid of the archeological remains and modern technology, the Caesarea Development Corporation has been able to develop a tourist attraction that in many ways recreates the past.
The aim of the park is to show how the harbor was built, what techniques were used and what attempts were made to prevent its gradual destruction by the forces of nature.
Besides the harbor, Caesarea Maritima has many interesting monuments from the Roman and Medieval periods. The Caesarea Amphitheater, built by King Herod more than 2,000 years ago, is used to this day for the productions of concerts and operas. It has magnificent acoustics, evidence of the expertise of Herod’s architects and engineers.
There are also the remains of an aqueduct built by Herod, which brought water from the springs of the Carmel mountain range to the north to the city.
The Medieval remains of Caesarea Maritima are the work ofyjhe due to the King Louis IX of France, also known as Saint Louis. In 1251 he arrived at what was left of the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem and used some of his great wealth to build fortifications in Jaffa, Acre, and Caesarea. In Caesarea, he built high walls surrounded by a deep moat that still exists. He also built fine gates and the Cathedral of St. Peter, much of which still remain.
ADI BEN SIMON
“The old city of Caesarea is a bustling tourist center. In contrast, the residential area is totally separate, a charming residential entity the vast majority are single or semi-detached homes with their own gardens.
The town itself is quiet and country style. There are very few high rise buildings and those that are, not more than four stories high”.
The town itself has a lot of green areas it also has a country club with a golf course.
The location of Caesarea is excellent it is adjacent to the seashore and it is less than an hours drive from Tel Aviv to the south and Haifa to the North and consequently it is a suitable place or resident for those who work in either Tel Aviv or Haifa, or in the employment centers on the vicinity of the Haifa Tel Aviv highway.
Incidentally, adjacent Caesarea is an ultra-modern industrial park also administered by the Caesarea Development Company.
Ben Simon believes that Caesarea is a great place to live in because it has an unparalleled quality of life. It is the only urban entity in Israel which is administered by a public business corporation the Caesarea Development Corporation The town’s population, comprising some 1700 families and 1500 children, enjoys green open spaces, a high level of community services, an educational system that includes kindergartens and schools fitted out with advanced educational and enrichment tools, a synagogue, sports center and community center offering a wide range of exciting activities for all ages. The community center is the social hub of the town, serving as a meeting-place where adults, teenagers and children alike can take part in the study, enrichment and entertainment programs. Consequently, the level of service for the residents is the best and most comprehensive than in any other urban entity in Israel.
Those lucky enough to live in Caesarea and have built their dream homes in town are enjoying a vibrant community life.
Ben Simon added that “buying property in Caesarea is a very good real estate investment opportunity.
Its location is excellent, practically midway between Tel Aviv and Haifa the excellent municipal services make it a very attractive place of residence and usually demand outstrips supply”.
Ben Simon should now, he is a very experienced Realtor who specializes in real estate in Caesarea. He has the advantage of being a resident of Caesarea well involved in its communal affairs.
Consequently, he is an excellent choice for those who want to buy a home in Caesarea. He has first-hand information on the dynamics of the real estate market, is aware of market and price trends and can give excellent advice on buying and selling property in Caesarea”.