Caesarea en Nazareth

Our sleep in Jesr-Al-Zarka was only short-lived. The village celebrated until the early hours, and I was VERY glad that I had brought my earplugs!
Loud music, alternated by gunshots and loud cheers muted the cries of the sheep that were to be eaten tomorrow. Around eight o'clock in the morning we left yawning towards Caesarea. One of the most famous tourist attractions in Israel. This ancient port town is an archaeological park that is very well preserved and gives us an insight into the life of the Phoenicians and later the Greeks.

Sometimes the ancient amfitheater gets transformed into a more modern theater.

Sometimes the ancient amfitheater gets transformed into a more modern theater.

Caesarea

With our van we arrived in Caesarea after only fifteen minutes. A giant port city that was built in the fourth century BC. The city was founded by the Phoenicians, but was soon conquered by the Greeks and later the Romans.

After we paid 39 shekels (about $10), we entered the park. To our left we saw a huge amphitheater that is still used now for all kinds of performances. From there you get a great overview over the entire park, and only then you actually see how big the city should have been.
I imagined how huge and little boats finally arrived to the promised land with their their vessels filled with delicious spices and articles of these beautiful cultures.

Behind the theater there were a lot of original columns. Whether they were Doric, Ionic or Corinthian, I had no idea. But at least a large part of the beautiful city was well preserved!

The part of this very impressive city that I loved most was the little harbor. The beautiful promenade, the small lighthouse and the cozy premises were the best preserved and gave the city the most beautiful outlook. After our brief introduction to this ancient city, we walked towards the exit. We would be picked up to go to Nazareth. One of the great, biblical cities.

One of the many churches in Nazareth. (This is one of two that claims that the angel Gabriel announced to Maria that she was pregnant)

One of the many churches in Nazareth. (This is one of two that claims that the angel Gabriel announced to Maria that she was pregnant)

Nazareth

The famous city is best known as the city were Jesus grew up. The sand-colored facades of the old town immerse you into history right away.
The historic part of town consists of numerous small, narrow streets making it very difficult to drive a car. Fortunately, a car here is not necessary, since you can easily see everything on foot.

Our group was left right in front of the old city center, and from there we had a few minutes to climb up to get to our accommodation for the next two nights.
We stayed at the Fauzi Azar Inn, right in the historic city center.
The magnificent property has several shared rooms, but it also has some private rooms. On the second floor you can enjoy a magnificent view over Nazareth and the beautiful interior of the original house.

After everyone was checked in, we went to explore a bit of the city with its many churches and pilgrimage routes.
Interestingly, I found out that the majority of people living here turned out to be Muslim.
Remarkably, since Nazareth was / is still especially important to Christianity.

In the evening we returned to the hostel to join it in a cookery class where we made some (yummy!) Arabic food. Our stomachs rumbled and at eight o’clock in the evening we could finally eat!

The beautiful view we had from our accommodation in Nazareth.

The beautiful view we had from our accommodation in Nazareth.

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