2021 - 2022
Caesarea Maritima is on the Mediterranean Sea . Originally called Strato's Tower ( 90 BC ) but rebuilt by Herod in his grand manner and renamed Caesarea in honor of Augustus Caesar . It was a marvel in ancient engineering as this port held an entire Roman fleet . Josephus tells us that Pontius Pilate was resting here , on vacation , when he was suddenly called back to Jerusalem to help quiet an uproar over a young Jewish man whom the Jews wanted to crucify . This man was Jesus . Pontius Pilate remained the governor here from 6 AD . One of the Capitals of the Byzantine Empire after Constantine became a Christian in 325 AD . Philip stopped here at the end of his preaching tour ( Acts 8:40 ) . Paul was taken here by the brethren before continuing to Tarsus ( Acts 9:30 ) . Cornelius , the Roman centurion had a vision , sent for Peter and received the good news of salvation in Caesarea (Acts 10 ) . Peter came here ( Acts 10 : 23-24 ) . Herod , the King returns here ( Acts 12:19 ) . Paul returned here and greeted the church ([ Acts 18:22 , 21 : 8,16 ; Acts . 23:23 , 33 ) . Paul appears before Festus , King Agrippa and his sister Bernice ( Acts 25 : 1-14). Certainly this is one of the best and most beautiful National Parks in Israel.