C is for Caesarea Philippi
Caesarea Philippi was an ancient Roman city located at the southwestern base of Mount Hermon. It was adjacent to a spring, grotto, and related shrines dedicated to the Greek god Pan. Now nearly uninhabited, Caesarea is an archaeological site in the Golan Heights. (Wikipedia)
Caesarea PhilippiCaesarea Philippi (source – bible-history.com)
It had rained the entire week before we arrived in Israel and the waters rushed by. Caesarea Philippi is a lovely place. On our visit, the sky was blue and the temperature was just right!
We were able to eat at a little restaurant within walking distance of the ancient city with a choice of all things good – chicken schnitzel (another C!); falafel; and I am pretty sure there was a third choice that day! We were seated outside at little tables by the water.
What is another special thing about Caesarea Philippi?
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do men say that the Son of man is?” Peter answered for the disciples, declaring, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
When visiting this location, the question and answer make sense – they were standing there near grottos where other gods were displayed.
Standing near this sheer rock wall was also where Jesus called Peter, “the rock” and gazing up, one can understand this comment.
my roommate standing by the rushing waters
I have no idea if this "live" picture will work
on the blog or not!
sheer rock wall where niches are located - gods would have
been displayed here
also, sheer rock wall - Peter, the rock
C is for Caesarea
Massive breakwaters gave safe anchorage to 300 ships, a sewage system was flushed by the tide, and a vast hippodrome seated more than 20,000 people at chariot races. Later an amphitheatre was built to present chariot races, gladiatorial combats, animal performances and theatrical events.
(source – seetheholyland.net)
pieces of artwork were beheaded and many destroyed
over the years
Rafi, our tour guide in the white hat, did a great job explaining the history
I came out of the ladies room and found most of our men friends sitting on a bench - doesn't matter where you are in the world . . .women in the bathroom/men waiting outside!
those are original steps in the above picture - the ones at the bottom
the acoustics in that place are amazing - no microphone needed
the Mediterranean Sea is spectacular!
The location in the picture below was where they held chariot races - around and around
pictured below are some of my traveling friends - it certainly was fun traveling with lots of friends. It is hard to travel alone (hubby has not been able to go yet) but on both trips to Israel, I was surrounded by good friends.
C is for Camels
Y’all . . .I could write and write and write and not cover all of the alphabet. I’m actually amazed. I made my list over a month ago and I keep wanting to add to it!
I really wanted to ride a camel on this trip but the only one in our group who rode a camel was the son of our senior pastor.
So . . .I did the next best thing. I had my picture taken with a fake camel! This was on our last night as we were headed back to the airport in Tel Aviv. We had eaten at a restaurant in Joffa and when we came out, lo and behold . . .there was a camel. Forgive the bedraggled appearance. We had been touring all day and were headed toward a LONG journey home.