Exterior of the Crusaders fortifications which were built in the 13th century

Exterior of the Crusaders fortifications which were built in the 13th century

Remains of high walls built by Louis IX of France in 1251 - these fortifications were built to stop mamluks of egypt from entering the city

Remains of high walls built by Louis IX of France in 1251 - these fortifications were built to stop mamluks of egypt from entering the city

This wall was protected by a moat but Sultan Baybars managed to scale this wall and conquered the city in 1265

This wall was protected by a moat but Sultan Baybars managed to scale this wall and conquered the city in 1265

Inside the Crusader castle - this part of the castle was used as a doorway to the city and castle and it was reached by a bridge

Inside the Crusader castle - this part of the castle was used as a doorway to the city and castle and it was reached by a bridge

The cross-vaulted ceiling of the door of the Crusader castle - the wall which ran around the castle was 4m thick and 1.6km long

The cross-vaulted ceiling of the door of the Crusader castle - the wall which ran around the castle was 4m thick and 1.6km long

An old stone on display inside the gate of the castle - the Mamluks, fearing a return of the Crusaders, razed the citys fortifications to the ground

An old stone on display inside the gate of the castle - the Mamluks, fearing a return of the Crusaders, razed the citys fortifications to the ground

The doors of the castle were closed on the inside with wooden bars and were protected on the outside by an iron grill, which was lowered through a slot from the ceiling

The doors of the castle were closed on the inside with wooden bars and were protected on the outside by an iron grill, which was lowered through a slot from the ceiling

Another stone on display

Another stone on display

Ceiling supported by consoles decorated with floral motifs

Ceiling supported by consoles decorated with floral motifs

Ruins of the Crusader castle - the church of St. Peter was built here over an old mosque

Ruins of the Crusader castle - the church of St. Peter was built here over an old mosque

Part of the church which remains today - a wall which may belong to this building has been identified in modern times

Part of the church which remains today - a wall which may belong to this building has been identified in modern times

Major excavations took place in 1990s and many of the old buildings were found on the site

Major excavations took place in 1990s and many of the old buildings were found on the site

A large sarcophagus on display - it has a gabled lid with two triangular handles at both ends

A large sarcophagus on display - it has a gabled lid with two triangular handles at both ends

This sarcophagus has head of Medusa - which is generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes

This sarcophagus has head of Medusa - which is generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes

A mosque at Qisarya - Caesarea was still in ruins till 1884

A mosque at Qisarya - Caesarea was still in ruins till 1884

Bosnian Muslim came to this area and started a fishing village called Qisarya which still exists today

Bosnian Muslim came to this area and started a fishing village called Qisarya which still exists today

Base of the minaret of the mosque - there were number of mosques in the village but only one has survived

Base of the minaret of the mosque - there were number of mosques in the village but only one has survived

This mosque had been used as a restaurant and as a gift shop in the past

This mosque had been used as a restaurant and as a gift shop in the past

Most inhabitants of the village left in 1940s amid violance and confusion

Most inhabitants of the village left in 1940s amid violance and confusion

A gift shop opposite the mosque of Qisarya

A gift shop opposite the mosque of Qisarya

This restaurant overlooks the ancient harbor of Caesarea

This restaurant overlooks the ancient harbor of Caesarea

Caesarea Harbor Experience was a small museum on the site but I didn't have time to visit it

Caesarea Harbor Experience was a small museum on the site but I didn't have time to visit it

A boat parked in the harbor

A boat parked in the harbor

Now sun was out and it was providing spectacular view of the harbor with it's crystal clear water

Now sun was out and it was providing spectacular view of the harbor with it's crystal clear water

A restaurant beside the Caesarea Harbor with the minaret of the mosque rising above it

A restaurant beside the Caesarea Harbor with the minaret of the mosque rising above it

A view of the Caesarea Harbor which was main port of the city during King Herod's reign

A view of the Caesarea Harbor which was main port of the city during King Herod's reign