Ancient Roman port in Israel to get facelift


A once-towering, ancient Roman temple will be brought back to its original grandeur in Israel.

Archaeologists have begun excavations around the 2,000 year old site located in the seaside town of Caesarea.

Caesarea was built in honor of Emperor Augustus Caesar and was once a vibrant Roman metropolis.

The 27 million dollar restoration seeks to turn this archaeological site into a top tourist attraction in Israel.

"The whole experience of the visitor would be completely different. He will be able to sense the atmosphere and actually to understand the essence of the building. This is something that you don't get at any other archaeological site today," said Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist, Doron Ben Ami.

According to historians, the temple once loomed above the ancient skyline and could be seen from ships traveling to the Holy Land.