Caesarea appears in the New Testament, in the book of the Acts of the Apostles. This tells of Philip the Deacon who ministered here, Acts 8:40; of Simon Peter who converted Cornelius the Centurion – making him the first Gentile to adopt Christianity, Acts 10; and of Paul who was imprisoned while waiting to be sent to Rome for trial, Acts 25. Twice more Caesarea saw tragedy when its stadium became the stage for the massacres of thousands of Jews who took part in the revolts against Rome.
Extensive remains of Herod’s 370 acre city, as well as the ruins of the later Crusader citadel, can be seen at Caesarea’s impressive excavations – the largest in the Holy Land – and in the Museum of Caesarea Antiquities at nearby Kibbutz Sdot Yam.
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