Where Christian Faith Went out to the World
With all the grandeur of the Roman ruins of Caesarea, you'll best remember the sophisticated port, the impressive theater and amphitheater, Herod's magnificent palace overlooking the Mediterranean and the beachside aqueduct as symbols - of a world that began to crumble after Christianity came on the scene. For it was here that Peter converted the first gentile household - of the Roman centurion Cornelius (Acts 10:24-48). You'll experience the power of Paul's message as he stood up to King Agrippa here, and learn that when Paul set sail from Caesarea, that impassioned message went with him.
A tour of Caesarea also immerses you in Jewish history, for this is the place where the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans began.A tour of Caesarea also immerses you in Jewish history, for this is the place where the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans began. The fascinating remnants of the past bring alive other New Testament stories as well - some scholars say the huge fifth-century church (within the later, massive, medieval walls) might have been dedicated to Philip the evangelist and his four prophesying daughters (Acts 21:8-9). Caesarea is the perfect place to open your Bible and recall the faithful early Christian community that took root here, in the footsteps of Peter and Paul.
Herodian ampitheater excavation