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Aqueduct of Caesarea Maritima April 22, 2013

Posted by cantueso in building, history.
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Caesarea was famous  as a harbour that could receive up to 300 ships, but there was not any drinking water. So the Romans built an aqueduct to bring water across about 8 miles from Mount Carmel.

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The aqueduct was discovered about 50 years ago when they also dug up a Roman theater and fortifications built by the Crusaders — the Christians who  fought to win the Holy Land back from the Muslims.

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Crusader walls and Moat photographed by Mrbrefast  and published under CC Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Crusader_Walls_and_Moat_in_Caesarea.jpg

The city of Caesarea is located half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It was almost as big as Jerusalem. At one point there were about 100 000 inhabitants.

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It  was from here that Marcus Polo left 700 years ago as the first Westerner to visit China.

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1. Carl D'Agostino - April 8, 2012

Someday I want to come to Europe and Asia Minor just to see the Roman ruins. One of my favorite history periods is Roman
Britain near end of occupation late 400’s.

2. cantueso - April 10, 2012

In Segovia the aqueduct is itself the city center with little restaurants and bars and shops and tourist traps and swallows all around it.

3. Shmuel Browns - May 5, 2013

The aqueduct that was discovered that brought water to Caesarea is actually two aqueducts, the first built by King Herod who also built the harbor, the temple to Augustus, a palace, theater, hippodrome, etc A second aqueduct was built by the Romans about 150 years later in the time of Hadrian. For more info see my article at http://israeltours.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/aqueduct-at-caesarea/


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