Caesarea Maritima: palace of the procurators (6)



If you were to stand today in the Palace of the Procurators in Caesarea Maritima, looking north, roughly a quarter of a mile up the way you would see a narrow strip of land jutting out into the sea. On that strip stands the remains of a Crusader era citadel (fortress) and some modern-day shops and a restaurant.

The citadel was in the form of a square measuring 62×62 feet. It was defended by four towers and a wide moat (62 feet across) that separated the citadel from the Crusader-era city to the east.

In the first century A.D. the view would have been not of a citadel, but of the southern breakwater of Caesarea’s fine artificial harbor constructed under direction of Herod the Great. The jut of land visible today formed only a portion (about half) of that breakwater, essentially only the inner portion of the great harbor. The harbor area was located on the far side of the citadel/restaurant in the photograph above.