The Caesarea Synagogue

North of the Muslim-Crusader city of Caesarea, the remains of an important synagogue of ancient Caesarea were uncovered. The synagogue went through a number of phases: the most ancient structure was a small, square building dating from the time of Herod the Great. This may be the kenista d’mardata (“the synagogue of the revolt”) mentioned in the Talmud. In the 3rd century CE, a new synagogue was built here, in whose ruins archaeologists found a hoard of 3,700 coins. It is believed that this synagogue was destroyed in the mid-4th century. The last synagogue to be built here was in 459 CE. Mosaics were found in its main hall along with marble columns and Corinthian capitals. Some of the capitals featured a carved seven-brand candelabrum. The findings indicate that the synagogue continued in existence until the 8th century.

Conservation Plan:

– Archeological excavations
– Primary resoration
– A second stage will be determined by the excavation results

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