“sdot-yam” – that’s what it translates to – ‘fields of the sea’, and it’s a very fitting name.
the rocky shelf spilling into the mediterranean is indeed like a field in the sea, and the clear, calm, flat mediterranean waters enclosed by the shelf are there for harvest.
what a wonderful family vacation!
2 kilometers north of ‘orot rabin’ electrical power plant …
and about 1 kilometer south of the ancient harbor of caesarea…
kibbutz sdot-yam could not have been better located. it’s no wonder why the palmach established its base for the palyam here (the sea force of the palmach – the palyam main activity was ha’apala – the bringing of jewish refugees from europe by ships, despite the british white paper of 1939 which limited jewish immigration into palestine. later the palyam became the israeli navy – quoted from wikipedia), and why israel’s first naval officers’ course took place here – they all wanted to enjoy the beautiful beach!
and a few words about caesarea – a port city erected in the 3rd century b.c. and named after augustus cesar, it served as the capital of israel in the roman and crusader periods and was the seat of the roman governors of judea. caesarea served as an important christian center in the byzantine period.
conquered by the turks in the 7th century, muslim influence is noticeable in the archaeological artifacts although the mosque displayed below was probably built by bosnian muslims that settled here in the late 19th century.
the sdot-yam kibbutz was established in this location in 1940. in its first days the main source of income was fishing. today sdot-yam’s livlihood is based on ‘caesar stone’ marble factory and on tourism. it was the tourism that brought us there and i’m glad it did!
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