Fabulous Caesarea, Israel

The ruins of Caesarea, Israel

The ruins of Caesarea, Israel

I was lucky – that was the rare day when it’s raining in Israel (My God, how I love this country!), that is why I was alone in Caesarea, at least the first half of the day. Later on some exclusively stubborn history enthusiasts at last burst to the grounds of the ancient city. Thank God there were clever people who constructed for them some kind of a chariot with stylized horses made of iron rods at the hippodrome, so that guides could direct tourists and give the command to make some pictures. :-)

Hippodrome in Caesarea, Israel

Hippodrome in Caesarea

Herod I the Great built Caesarea in honor of Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus for his own money in 9-10 years B.C. Herod was keen on building and was rather good at it. Moreover, Roman Empire provided a great scope for building giving money for that. So, that is what he actually did.

The ruins of Caesarea, Israel

Herod I the Great built Caesarea in honor of Roman Imperator Octavian Augustus

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Gates and Walls of Jerusalem

The walls of Jerusalem were built by order of sultan Suleiman The Magnificent in 1538. The tombs of its architects tourists can find near Jaffa Gate. One says that the sultan has ordered to executed them because of some mistakes during construction, other that he doesn’t want the repetition of this miracle somewhere.

Walls of Jerusalem

I have seen the much more impressive walls and towers during my journeys around Europe, for example Chatehau de Pierrefonds

Chatehau de Pierrefonds

or Carcassonne

Carcassone

BUT….

Probably at least one time in your life you’ve met a woman who can’t call beautiful, but simultaneously she was really and inexplicable charming and attractive. The same with the walls of Jerusalem.

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Via Dolorosa – My Way of Cross

I can’ to sleep the first night in Jerusalem and took off to investigate the way of the cross – Via Dolorosa – at 4.00 am. The Via Dolorosa is the path that Jesus walked, carrying his cross, on the way to his crucifixion.

Old Jerusalem

The streets of the city are empty in this time and you can hear only your steps, muezzin’s call to prayer, church bells ringing and cock’s songs. Yes, yes, a cocks in the center of big city! And to this accompaniment you are walking on the way of cross.

Old Jerusalem

It was my first attempt – only half successful, I have not find the entrance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and there where not people around to ask, where is it.

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