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View looking east at the platform on which the Temple of Augustus and Roma stood.
The area now covered by grass in the foreground was actually the water(!) of the inner harbor of Caesarea Maritima in Herod’s day. On the left side, behind the bushes, are the remains of a staircase that led up to the temple. On the right (south) side of the image one of the arches of the vaulted substructure of the platform is visible.
This would have been the view of sailors and passengers arriving at Caesarea—they would have been "greeted" by a huge temple dedicated to Augustus and to the goddess Roma. A clear indication that Herod was an influential friend of the Emperor and of Rome!
For another view of this area Click Here.
For a more detailed description of the Temple of Augustus Click Here.