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Aqueduct of Caesarea Maritima August 24, 2014

Posted by anagasto 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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Professional comment from Shmuel Browns
The aqueduct that was discovered that brought water to Caesarea comprises 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 Shmuel Brown’s article at http://israeltours.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/aqueduct-at-caesarea/

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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

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The city of Caesarea is  half way between Tel Aviv and Haifa. It was almost as big as Jerusalem. At one point there were about 100 000 inhabitants..
It  was from here that Marcus Polo left 700 years ago as the first Westerner to visit China.

The port of Cesarea was the first artificial port in the world, and it was built with a kind of cement that hardens under water. The secret of this cement was lost for 1000 years and had to be re-discovered by modern engineers.

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Comments»

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/

4. cantueso - August 24, 2014

To Shmuel Browns

I did not see your message until just now, August 24, 2014, and since you offer more information, I’d like to add it to my text along with your link so there wouldn’t be a copyright issue, would it?.


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