Queen of the Coast
At Caesare'a there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion
of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with
all his household, gave alms liberally to the people, and prayed constantly
to God. (Acts 10:1-2)
Caesarea was the colossal building project of Herod the
Great, built in 20 BC along the Mediterranean coastline. For nearly 600
years it was the official capital of what the Romans called "Provincia
Judea". During the time of Jesus, Pontius Pilate ruled from this city in
the name of Rome, residing in Jerusalem only during festivals. Philip
the deacon preached here (Acts 8:40). Peter preached to Cornelius'
household at Caesarea and baptized them (Acts 10). Paul the Apostle
visited here on his missionary journeys (Acts 18 & 21) and was imprisoned
here and then sent by ship to Rome to be tried by the emperor (Acts 26).
ancient columns lie near the remains of the harbor's southern