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Walk in His Footsteps
The area of Israel between Tel Aviv and Nazareth is rich in history. Since Jesus spent much of His early life in Nazareth, it has a special place in our pilgrimage. While many of the sites do not speak of a place Jesus visited, they do have much to share of Roman and Jewish heritage that give us insight into the past.
Once a Phoenician trading port, the city was originally called Straton's Tower. It was given to Herod the Great by Emperor Augustus. Later, it was named Caesarea to honor Augustus Caesar.
It has been said that King Herod wanted to appease Rome and the Jews. For the Jews he built the temple in Jerusalem. For Rome he built this port in Caesarea. The most infamous resident for a time here was Pontius Pilate, whose name was found inscribed on excavated stones of the theater. This inscription is one of the few physical pieces of evidence for Pilate's existence outside of the Bible.
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