In a visit to Caesarea Maritima almost all groups will visit the “Promontory Palace” that was evidently constructed by Herod the Great and used by his successors and Roman governors. A portion of the Palace was built on a promontory that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea and features a rectangular pool that was surrounded by a portico.
To the east of the Promontory Palace is a connected Peristyle Courtyard (photo above) in which a copy of the famous “Pilate Inscription” is currently displayed. To the north of the courtyard are administrative offices and an “audience hall.” The “audience hall” may indeed have been the place where the Apostle Paul appeared before the governors Felix and Festus and King Herod Agrippa II ca. A.D. 58 (Acts 23–26).
What few people realize is that under the “garden” of the Peristyle Courtyard there is a labyrinth of passage ways and arches. Below are two additional images of this substructure. One wonders what these substructures were used for. Storage? Servants quarters? Housing of prisoners?