Herod built a hippodrome at Caesarea Maritima

Herod the Great built a hippodrome along the coast at Caesarea Maritima in 10 B.C. to celebrate the opening of the city. In the second century A.D. the south side of the hippodrome was reconstructed as an amphitheater to be used for gladiatorial contests. New sections with beautiful frescoes have been uncovered.

This metal sculpture has been erected on the north end of the hippodrome along the beautiful Mediterranean.

View in the hippodrome at Caesarea Maritima. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

View from the hippodrome at Caesarea Maritima. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

The theater we showed in the previous post is on the south end of the hippodrome. The harbor built by Herod the Great is a little to the north of the hippodrome. The apostle Paul was in prison at Caesarea for two years between A.D. 58 and 60 (Acts 23:23 – 26:32).

We discussed Paul’s possible use of the charioteer in Philippians 3:12-14 here.

New paintings of the hippodrome mosaics. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

New paintings of the hippodrome frescoes. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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One response to “Herod built a hippodrome at Caesarea Maritima

  1. Pingback: Races called off at Caesarea Maritima hippodrome | Ferrell's Travel Blog

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