Caesarea the Place for Christianity's First Gentile Conversion

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King Herod rebuilt the city in 22 BC and renamed it Caesarea after Roman emperor Augustus.

The Roman seaport of Caesarea sits as the headquarters of northern Palestine today. It is a testament to King Herod’s incredible work. He turned what was just the small town of Straton’s Tower and transformed it into a marvelous masterpiece that is now northern Palestine. People travel from all around to sit and marvel at one man’s work. This is also site where Peter baptized the Roman centurion Cornelius, the first gentile to convert to Christianity.

Then Peter asked, “Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?” So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days. (Acts 10:47-48 NLT)

In addition to the cities overall captivating presence, this Mediterranean gem has a lot to offer, including a monumental theatre, beaches and the port built by King Herod. This is arguably the biggest draw to Caesarea and can still be partially seen today. The port is called Sebastos and is the largest seaport on the eastern Mediterranean. There are still remnants of a martyrium church, a Roman pagan temple and what was the world’s largest Christian library.

This great city provides activities for travelers with a wide array of interests. From historical events, monuments, boutiques, restaurants, museums, and beautiful landscapes, Caesarea has it all.

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