Fabulous Caesarea, Israel

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Ruins of Caesarea, Israel.

Ruins of Caesarea, Israel

I was lucky. It was one of those rare days when it rains in Israel. That’s why I was alone in Caesarea, at least for the first half of the day. Later, some of the most stubborn enthusiasts of history still landed on the territory of the ancient city from their buses. Thank God, in the corner of a hippodrome, somebody has constructed for them something like a chariot with stylized horses made of iron rods in order that the guides could direct tourists there and suggest they take some pictures.

Hippodrome in Caesarea, Israel.

Hippodrome in Caesarea

Herod the Great built Caesarea in honor of the Roman Emperor Octavian Augustus with his own money in 25-13 BCE. Herod was fascinated by construction and rather successful at it. Moreover, the Roman Empire provided him great scope by giving him extra money for that.

Ruins of Caesarea, Israel.

Herod I the Great built Caesarea in honor of Roman Imperor 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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