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Caesarea Maritima - Hipodrome


I am still in Caesarea Maritima, the ancient city built by King Herod to win the favour of the Roman Caesar Augustus. This is the hipodrome area, where horse - and chariot races were held.


Below is an overview of the oldest part of the harbour town as excavated by archaeologists. The hipodrome is to the right. There is seating for about 20,000 people.


comments (14)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 30 Dec 2015, 04:56
Great pictures to have a view how it used to be, ages ago. The roman influence is visible.
What is situated in the back?? A pipeline or a pier?
Louis: Thank you Astrid. That thing in the background is connected to a power station. I am not sure what that thing is, but what makes sense to me, is that it could be a conveyor belt, connecting a coal terminal to the power generating units.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 30 Dec 2015, 06:32
This is absolutely fascinating Louis and considering its age a miracle any of it survives today
Louis: Heh, heh. In general you are right, but some of those pillars are younger than I am - added in for the vibe.
It really IS a miracle to have survived, Louis. It all really does blow my mind.
Louis: Mmmm, everyone goes on about the roman influence, probably because of those pillars. Those pillars are quite new, and I believe they were added in to add a bit of the romantic to the otherwise flat looking results of the excavations. But other stuff, like mosaic flooring, etc did survive.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 30 Dec 2015, 07:20
In this country most of the Roman stonework has been robbed
Louis: That would probably be the case, Lisl. The pillars are quite new, and I believe they were added in to add a bit of the romantic to the otherwise flat looking results of the excavations.

The liberating of stonework happened in Greece as well. My luggage was searched inside out, for any relics by two official looking girls at Athens airport, once. I kept on telling them, the only relic is the one in front of them.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 30 Dec 2015, 08:01
Impressed by both shots, Louis.
Louis: Thank you Ray.
Keeping in with Augustus was a good plan
Louis: I agree. Send the guy on an ego trip and he will remain indebted.
Two fascinating shots Louis!
Louis: Thank you kind sir.
What a sight to see. You must need a guide to wander in.
Louis: There are guides for hire, There also good descriptive maps and sign posts at every worthwhile finding. You can go it alone, since the sequence is of no consequence.
Just imagine if you could wind the clock back and see this as it was in the day.
Louis: I would like to have seen their underwater building techniques, when they built the sea walls of the harbour.
i can just make out the seats in the Hipodrome on the right in the first image Louis...
your photo if the archaeological dig reminds me of the Forum in Rome...
two good compositions....petersmile
Louis: What you saw there, is the start of the seating which goes on around my back, as I took the picture. Thank you peter.
I guess it's a while since it saw a horse race smile
Louis: Quite a while, I agree, Tom.
Quite amazing to try and picture this place as it once was Louis.
Louis: It must have been something and maybe surprisingly small.
Very wow...
Louis: Mentioned a couple of times in the Bible as well. Paul and Peter were here, for instance.
Wow - isn't that just impressive!!!
Louis: Very much so, Elizabeth

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