"Acre - A blend of history" Top 5 Page for this destination Akko by gubbi1

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Acre (or Akko) is a very beautiful old town. With a long and very changing history much has remained from the various periods making the town worth to be set as world heritage by the Unesco. Still not only a tourist place the 'usual life' has remained in this narrow lively city.

There is much to see...

... the El Jazzar Mosque:
For 10 Schekel you can enter the inner yard of the mosque and peek into the prayer room. There are lots of beautiful ceramics on the walls. It has been my first mosque that I could look into.

... the market:
In the narrow streets of Old Acre you will find an interesting market, the souk. Here you barely find tourist stuff, but items that the people need who live in the Old Town. Lots of different smells of herbs and spices mixed with the smell of water pipes.

... the Crusador Town:
Down below the todays Old Acre there is the old Acre of the crusadors time. Huge halls and tunnels have survived and are now about 15 meters below the town.

... the Templars Tunnel:
A part of the Crusadors Acre, but not part of the citadel museum, is the Templars Tunnel. It is a 350 meter long tunnel which constantly has to be emptied from sea water as it is partly below sealevel. It connects inner Old Acre with the sea side close to the light house.

... the Hamam al Basha:
You can visit the old Hamam of Acre which was in use into the 20th century. A very nicely made presentation tells you about the history of the place in context of the past of Acre itself. Highly recommendable!

... the Treasury Wall:
In the fortification of Acre you will find the treasury museum which presents beautiful furniture, dishes and professions of Acre and the region. It is impressive!

... the Underground Prisoners Museum:
A place that is not entertaining, but touching is the Underground Prisoners Museum. It is the prison in which the Underground Fighters of the underground organizations Etzel and Lehi were imprissoned under British mandate because of their fight for a souvereign Israel. Several of them were executed here. You can walk around the entire prison.

... the Khans:
Walking in Old Acre you will come across the old Khans which were built to house merchants with their goods.

... the Old Town in general:
Despite the many things which are to see, also don't forget just to let yourself 'flow' though the narrow streets and 'breath' the atmosphere of this historic place.

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For a complete list of what to see and do in Acre, have a look at the following linked page. It also gives information what kind of combined tickets you can get for the various sites.
---> The Old Acre Development

  • Last visit to Akko: Nov 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 4, 2010
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Dec 15, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Hi Christian, it was good to see you again last Sunday in Bruchsal. I see you are busy posting several new pages on Israel. Fine photos here on your Acre travelogues and tips!

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Dec 5, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    Really nice page Christian with great photos.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM

    Hello, Christian! I would like to explore the Templars' Tunnel ....

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