Tour Guides in Israel – The restored Nympheum in Caesarea
מזרקת המים המשוחזרת בקיסריה
Both the Greeks and Romans had artificial Nympheums, public fountains, made either by covering and decorating a spring with buildings and sculptures, or by making a stream of water (supplied by an elevated reservoir) play into an artificial basin. Such fountains served the double purpose of drinking and ornament. In Greece, they were the only public supply of water except collected rain-water. Rome was supplied by massive aqueducts to most houses. The poorer people, who could not afford to have water piped to their houses, got it from the public fountains.
Everybody knows the famous Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain in English) a fountain in Rome, Italy.It is the largest Baroque fountain in the city and the most beautiful in the world. A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome.
Even in ruins Jarrash/Garrash, in Jordan there is a Roman fountain built in 191 AD and still standing today and worthwhile seeing. Notice the similarities between the Baroque fountain of Trevi, the Roman fountain of Jarrash and the below fountain in Caesarea.
Caesarea, a port city built by King Herod the Great just BC had such fountains and the one just below the Temple to the Goddess Roma (and adjacent to Herod’s private port) was found many years ago. The Israeli Parks Authority has recently restored the fountain even adding a Roman Era statue.
Even if you have previously visited these exquisite and interesting ruins – this is worth another visit.
Beit Shean (Scythopolis), a Byzantine city in the Jordan Valley also has the base of such a fountain and can be seen on your Israel tour.
Join me on my guided tours of Israel with me as your Israel Private Tour Guide and we will see the fountain and the ancient aqueduct that supplied the water.