Israel is investing heavily in unearthing archaeological treasures in the coastal area of King Herod’s Caesarea and opening up the ancient wonders to tourists.
They include the altar of a temple he built 2,000 years ago to Roman Emperor Augustus and the goddess Roma alongside a synagogue.
The project got a boost last week of $27 million from the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation that is working with the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority.
Caesarea is the site of a magnificent amphitheater, aqueducts Herod built to bring water to his palace on the Mediterranean and other archaeological sites. Some 3 million tourists are expected to visit the site by 2030.
Caesarea has been a vibrant port city since its establishment about 2,030 years ago and throughout the various ensuing periods.
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Upon completion of these activities the Caesarea Development Corporation and Israel Nature and Parks Authority will construct an innovative visitor center, installations for benefit of visitors, a spectacular archaeological park and an enchanting promenade that will begin at the ancient aqueduct (Aqueduct Beach) and connect to the city wall and fortifications promenade of ancient Caesarea.