Caesarea i storm

Caesarea blei kraftig ramma av storm tidlegare i månaden (her). Nå er redselen at ein ny storm vil øydeleggja enda meir av byen som i nytestamentleg tid var hovudstad for det romerske styret i Judea.

Caesarea blei kraftig utbygd av Herodes den store. Eg har tidlegare i dag (her) vist til ein artikkel av Geza Vermes om Herodes. Han omtalar bygginga av Caesarea slik:

The middle period of Herod’s rule (25 to 13 BCE) is characterised by his spectacular building activities at home and abroad, culminating in the construction of Jerusalem’s Second Temple and the creation of the city and port of Caesarea.

Haaretz skriv nå om stormen sine herjingar i den gamle hamnebyen:

Archaeological authorities are trying to repair the astonishing amount of damage to the ancient Herodian city before another storm strikes and compounds the devastation.

(…)

Just before the storm, Margalit and his colleagues at the antiquities authority and the development corporation warned of the danger facing the ancient port: In early November they appeared before the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee and presented a plan for its preservation, including the shoring up and extension of the now-collapsed breakwater. They warned then that if such steps were not taken, parts of the ancient Caesarea would be damaged this winter.

About 10 days after that meeting, Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov came to Caesarea, where he heard from local authorities about the dangers to the most popular tourist site in Israel after Masada; Caesarea has about 1 million visitors annually. The minister promised to act – but the storm got there before him. The waves, with the help of winds of 100 kilometers per hour and more, fulfilled the darkest of predictions. At present, say Margalit and his colleagues, the ancient port is totally vulnerable to the waves, and there is no way to assess how much damage has been caused below the surface of the water. Other areas of Caesarea archaeological park, north and south of the port, did not benefit even from the protection of the breakwater, meager as it was.

For example, near the ancient synagogue south of the port, 2,000 year-old (Roman ) artifacts, 1,500-year-old (Byzantine ) treasures, and 1,000-year-old (Crusader ) relics were swept into the sea and lost forever.

(les meir)

(via BiblePlaces Blog)

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