Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Oct 9 -
This morning we got up and met at 6:15 for a Sunrise Service on the beach of the Sea of Galilee.

We then said goodbye to theGalilee and our temporary guide, Dov, 

and head out for a day of viewing ruins

Our first visit was to Migdal, the home of Mary of Magdeleen


Our next visit  gave us a chance to see all of the Jezereel Valley as we visit the Tel of Megiddo


 Then we take the highway all the way to the Mediterranean Sea where we visit Mount Carmel and remember all the Elijah stories.

  We will then visit Caesarea by the Sea. We continue on until we reach our hotel in Jerusalem, our home for the balance of the trip.

We then headed for Caesarea Maritima. The site of the former Phoenician naval station was awarded to Herod the Great in 30 BC. Herod built his palace on a promontory jutting out into the sea, with a decorative pool surrounded by stoas. He went on to build a large port and a city, which he named in honour of his patron Caesar Augustus.

In the year AD 6, Caesarea became the civilian and military capital of Iudaea Province and the official residence of the Roman procurator Antonius Felix, and prefect Pontius Pilatus.[5]
This city is the location of the 1961 discovery of the Pilate Stone, the only archaeological item that mentions the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate, by whose order Jesus was crucified.[6] It is likely that Pilate used it as a base, and only went to Jerusalem when needed.

We then headed for Jerusalem

and checked into our hotel, The King Solomon where we had a beautiful view of the Old City.


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