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Caesarea

Caesarea
קֵיסָרְיָה
قيسارية
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • standard Keisarya
 • official Qesarya
Modern town of Caesarea
Modern town of Caesarea
Caesarea is located in Israel
Caesarea
Caesarea
Coordinates: 32°30′10″N 34°54′20″E / 32.50278°N 34.90556°E / 32.50278; 34.90556Coordinates: 32°30′10″N 34°54′20″E / 32.50278°N 34.90556°E / 32.50278; 34.90556
District Haifa
Council Hof HaCarmel
Founded 30 BCE (Herodian city)
1101 (Crusader castle)
1884 (Bosniak Ottoman village)
1952 (Israeli town)
Area 35,000 dunams (35 km2 or 14 sq mi)
Population (2015) 4,853
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Qisarya
Caesarea Maritima BW 2010-09-23 09-54-00.JPG
The Bosnian Mosque at Qisarya
Arabic قيسارية
Also spelled Arab al-Bara, Barrat Qisarya
Subdistrict Haifa
Population 960 (1945)
Area 31,786 dunams
Date of depopulation February, 1948
Cause(s) of depopulation Expulsion by Yishuv forces
Current localities Caesarea

Caesarea (Hebrew: קֵיסָרְיָה‎, Kesariya; Arabic: قيسارية‎‎, Qaysaria; Greek: Καισάρεια; /ˌsɛzəˈrə, ˌsɛsəˈrə, ˌszəˈrə/) is a town in north-central Israel. Located midway between Tel Aviv and Haifa on the coastal plain near the city of Hadera, it falls under the jurisdiction of Hof HaCarmel Regional Council. With a population of 4,853, it is the only Israeli locality managed by a private organization, the Caesarea Development Corporation, and also one of the most populous localities not recognized as a local council.



  • ISR-HW2.png Beyond the eastern boundary of the residential area of Caesarea is Highway 2, Israel's main highway linking Tel Aviv to Haifa. Caesarea is linked to the road by the Caesarea Interchange in the south, and Or Akiva Interchange in the center.
  • ISR-HW4.pngSlightly further to the east lies Highway 4, providing more local links to Hadera, Binyamina, Zichron Yaakov, and the moshavim and kibbutzim of Emek Hefer.
  • ISR-HW65.png Highway 65 starts at the Caesarea Interchange and runs westwards into the Galilee and the cities of Pardes Hanna-Karkur, Umm al-Fahm, and Afula.
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