Ofek Aerial Photography Ltd.

An aerial photo of Caesarea today captures the prominence of large public buildings in the city’s design, as well as Herod’s taste for homes with dramatic views. At the tip of the promontory at center are the remains of what was once Herod’s palace, which would have had a commanding view of the city and harbor and, above all, a spectacular view of the sea. Just above the palace to the right is the distinct shape of the theater. To the left, parallel to the beach, is the long oval of the circus, part of which was later closed off into a circle to form another circus. At far left is part of Herod’s harbor, with its impressive breakwater extending into the sea.