Buses parked in the parking lot of the Caesarea Maritima - it is a popular destination for a day trip from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Buses parked in the parking lot of the Caesarea Maritima - it is a popular destination for a day trip from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

A guard at the entrance of the Caesarea Maritima - now it is a national park but in the past it was an administrative capital and a port city

A guard at the entrance of the Caesarea Maritima - now it is a national park but in the past it was an administrative capital and a port city

The Caesarea National Park is located on the coastline

The Caesarea National Park is located on the coastline

The walls of the Roman theatre, it was built by Herod and it is located at the southern side of the city

The walls of the Roman theatre, it was built by Herod and it is located at the southern side of the city

This wooden bridge gives access to the theatre

This wooden bridge gives access to the theatre

This arch was the entrance of this well preserved Roman theatre as it was used for the same purpose many centuries ago

This arch was the entrance of this well preserved Roman theatre as it was used for the same purpose many centuries ago

A stage was being erected on the site - it is a popular venue for concerts and shows

A stage was being erected on the site - it is a popular venue for concerts and shows

Middle part of the seating area of the Roman theatre

Middle part of the seating area of the Roman theatre

Tourists at the site - it was an overcast morning and it started to drizzle

Tourists at the site - it was an overcast morning and it started to drizzle

Seating area of the theatre seen from the stage

Seating area of the theatre seen from the stage

These marble stones are few centuries old and possibly date back to theatre's original construction

These marble stones are few centuries old and possibly date back to theatre's original construction

Looking out to the stage from the seating area

Looking out to the stage from the seating area

This theatre provides fabulous acoustic for concerts which occur here from time to time

This theatre provides fabulous acoustic for concerts which occur here from time to time

This photo shows how theatre had looked in the past

This photo shows how theatre had looked in the past

A busy day at the Caesarea Maritima - it is built near the city of Caesarea and this city was named after Augustus Caesar

A busy day at the Caesarea Maritima - it is built near the city of Caesarea and this city was named after Augustus Caesar

An old stone from the ruins of Caesarea

An old stone from the ruins of Caesarea

Pillar capitals on display

Pillar capitals on display

A stone tablet with the inscription of the name Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor, it reads To the Divine Augusti [this] Tiberieum

A stone tablet with the inscription of the name Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor, it reads To the Divine Augusti [this] Tiberieum

A water reservoir near the Palace of Herod the Great

A water reservoir near the Palace of Herod the Great

Herod's Palace can be seen on the left and it stretches all the way to the sea

Herod's Palace can be seen on the left and it stretches all the way to the sea

Area to the left of the Herod's Palace

Area to the left of the Herod's Palace

Two stone pillars are part of the palace

Two stone pillars are part of the palace

It is believed that some ruins are still buried under the sand and sea

It is believed that some ruins are still buried under the sand and sea

One of the mosaics discovered at the site of the Herod's Palace

One of the mosaics discovered at the site of the Herod's Palace

The square area in the middle was part of the pool of the palace

The square area in the middle was part of the pool of the palace

Another mosaic of the palace, this part is regularly washed by the ocean currents

Another mosaic of the palace, this part is regularly washed by the ocean currents

Here a fallen wall with it's stones lying around can be seen

Here a fallen wall with it's stones lying around can be seen

Pillars of the Herod's Palace - these pillars are recently added adn they bear the date of their construction

Pillars of the Herod's Palace - these pillars are recently added adn they bear the date of their construction

View of Caesarea - the port of this city was located on the other side of the city

View of Caesarea - the port of this city was located on the other side of the city

Hippodrome of Caesarea - this place was the official residence of the roman governor Pontius Pilatus

Hippodrome of Caesarea - this place was the official residence of the roman governor Pontius Pilatus

This hippodrome (circus in Latin) was built for the inauguration of the city in 10/9 BC

This hippodrome (circus in Latin) was built for the inauguration of the city in 10/9 BC

Top end of the Hippodrome - the games were held here every four years it included chariot racing, hunting, athletics and gladiatorial combats

Top end of the Hippodrome - the games were held here every four years it included chariot racing, hunting, athletics and gladiatorial combats

This sign shows different parts of the Hippodrome

This sign shows different parts of the Hippodrome

This area was reserved for the dignitaries only

This area was reserved for the dignitaries only

In this photo, the path of the Hippodrome can be made out

In this photo, the path of the Hippodrome can be made out

Sea and Hippodrome track stretching all the way to village of Caesarea

Sea and Hippodrome track stretching all the way to village of Caesarea

Waves moving towards the sandy beach of Caesarea

Waves moving towards the sandy beach of Caesarea

A close view of one of the waves

A close view of one of the waves

After brief showers, now sun was coming out but it was time to leave the site

After brief showers, now sun was coming out but it was time to leave the site