This fabulous ancient city is a protected national park site. It is mentioned in the bible as the place where King Saul and his sons were hung from the city walls.
The signs are informative and fun.
Excavations have shown remains of around twenty successive ancient towns.
It was a Roman provincial capital in the 4th century AD but was badly damaged by an earthquake in 749AD.
King Herod built this city and named it for his patron Augustus Caesar.
Later it became a centre for Christian scholarship and its harbour became the gateway to the Holy Land for pilgrims. But by 1265 the city was abandoned.
Now it is a top tourist sight and a completely different experience from Beth Shean .
It has an audiovisual “Back in Time” show and there are lots of restaurants, you can walk along the beach or laze on the grass.
Many locals come here to relax and go to the restaurants or have a picnic. A great afternoon!