Caesarea is an ancient town with a rich history located between Tel Aviv and Haifa.
It was built by Herod the Great around 25-13 BCE and served as an administrative center of the Judaea Province of the Roman Empire.
The modern city of Caesarea was established in 1952 near the ruins of the old city, which were incorporated in 2011 into the Caesarea National Park.
The land was sold to the state of Israel by the Rothschild family. The money from the sale was used to fund Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation which was assigned to maintain the land.
The Rothschild Caesarea Foundation established the Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Development Corporation Ltd. in 1952 to run and maintain the city.
All profits from the development of Caesarea go back to the foundation to to advance higher education and culture in Israel.
Recently, the Caesarea Development Corporation opened a new $22 million visitor center.
Four of Herod’s vaults have been reconstructed into the beautiful new visitor center. The vaults date back over 2000 years and were built under a temple dedicated to Augustus.
The visitor center includes an exhibition of historical content, a media presentation and rare archeological artifacts found during the 5 year excavation of the area.
The center is open every day from 9am to 6pm during summertime (hours differ seasonally) and the presentation is available in English, Hebrew and Arabic.