|Cabanas amidst stones from the theatre (much reconstructed now, in the background)|
|A view of the site of Herod's palace|
|The temple of Rome used to be here, and then a Byzantine Church|
A phrase to be kept in our hearts during the day, from Peter's speech at Caesarea: transit bene facendo - "Jesus went about doing good."
Caesarea was a great school of exegesis and theology. It is associated with Origen, and with a famous library, second only to that of Alexandria, now unfortunately completely lost. It is associated with Eusebius, historian of the church and metropolitan. St Jerome was himself one of the great users of the library.
We took the road through the Palestinian territories, passing Gibeon and Bet Horon on the way. Sanballat, the builder of the Gerizim temple of the Samaritans, was a Gibeonite. He built the temple for his faithful daughter-in-law - the one who preferred to be faithful to her love than to her Jewish religion.
We also passed Rosh Ha Ayin, which used to be Epheq, and later Antipatris (in honour of Herod the Great's father Antipater).