This page summarizes the sites that are reviewed in the area of the port city of Acre (Akko).
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- The old city of Acre (Akko) is a large walled city on the shores of the bay of Haifa. As the largest natural port in the Galilee and Israel, it has a long history of conquests and ruling empires. It was one of the main Crusaders’ fortifications and ports.
- The city of Akko (Acre) original site in the Biblical times was several KM east of the old city of Acre. The site, the Tell (mound) of Akko, was one of the important port cities in the ancient world, situated on the northern gate to Israel.
- Judges 1: 31: “Asher drove not out the inhabitants of Acco, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob;”
- This Khan (hostel) is one of the most beautiful sites in the old city of Acre. It was used as a hostel and storage for the sea merchants. Built in 1784-5 by Jezzer Pasha over parts of the inner Crusaders port.
- Acre was an important port city in ancient times. The modern marina is located where the ancient port used to be – on the southern side of the old city.
- The Aqueduct brought running water to the old city of Acre, along a raised aqueduct. The source of the water was the springs of Cabri, 12KM away.
- The 12th C tunnel was built by the Templars to connect their fortress on the south-west side of Acre to the harbor on the south-east side.
- The 12th-13th century Crusaders main fortress and headquarters, halls and structures on the North-West side of the city.
- The Citadel of Acre (Akko) was built on the ruins of the Crusaders fortress on the North-West side of the city. The citadel was the palace of the Governor during the 18th-20th C and later became a large British prison.
- An 18th century Catholic church located on the southern side of the old city of Acre, which was built over the Templars earlier 12th century church.
- This Greek Catholic Church, built in 1765, is located on the southern-western side of the old city of Acre, over the ruins of a Crusader church.
- This Greek Orthodox Church, built in the 17th century, is located on the southern-western side of the old city of Acre, over the ruins of a Crusader church.
- In Acre and around it are several Holy sites for the Bahai faith, marking the sites were the founder BahaUllah lived his last 32 years and was buried.
- A 19th century mosque on the western side of Acre. It was built over the western tower of the Crusader’s fortress.
- The lighthouse is located on the south-western corner of Acre. It is located over the foundations of the Crusaders Templar fortress.
- Recent emergency excavations along Jehoshaphat street in Acre revealed parts of the Roman and Byzantine city, east of the old city.
- No visit is complete in Acre without a meal of the fresh Hummus in one of the restaurants in the old city.
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This page was last updated on Apr 12, 2011
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