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“Fairly small as ancient theaters go”

Reviewed November 9, 2012

Many theaters I've seen in the ancient world, notable Greek and other Roman theaters, are much larger. This one holds only about 5000 occupants for modern concerts performed there. The acoustics are such that someone whispering onstage can be clearly heard in the last row. I didn't have the opportunity to see (or hear) a performance in this theater, but on visits to other ancient theaters I have been fortunate to have done so, and the feeling of being in such an old place gives one an eerie feeling of sharing such a performance not only with all the people who came before you, but with history itself! Its seaside location is almost totally unique in the ancient world. I can think only of the theater at Taormina, Italy as being similarly situated so near to the sea.

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Reviewed October 23, 2012

Just so incredible to see such intricate and preserved Roman ruins in Israel. It really makes you realize the impact that the Roman culture had throughout the Middle East. With its location by the sea, it is also really beautiful. The history is truly incredible, and it is worth visiting Caesarea!

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

The history is amazing here and of course, tucked into the history are a few nice shops! The views of the sea and the sunset here are just wonderful and it's a great, cooler place to walk and eat. To us this is a must see. There is so much energy here!

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Reviewed October 2, 2012

This has to be one of Israel's major archaeological sites. Massada was an impressive accomplishment of Herod but Ceasarea is even more impressive because of its size and location of the sea. The theatre is in amazing condition although I found the lighting and sound system very distracting. And Herod's palace, now half submerged, must have been a wonder. Herod must have had amazingly talented engineers to build such places that even included a man made harbor.

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Reviewed September 1, 2012

It has been stading for nealy 2000 years, in an earthquake prone area, near the sea, and still it stands and is used for concerts and other shows. The ruins are impressive.

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