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    Around Old Town

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 5, 2010

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    Enjoy a walk through the Old Town of Acre. Various smells of herbs and food, the sound of people, music and the muezzine, plus the very cozy architecture make the time. You will feel like in a different world.

    The Old Acre Development Company (the company taking care of the sites) has suggestions for walks through town by theme. Check their weppage and see unter 'Trips' different possible walks marked on a map. They provide further information about the route on request.

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    Underground Prisoners Museum

    by gubbi1 Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    A very touching place is the Underground Prisoners Museum.
    The prison was used by the british rule to emprison jewish underground fighters who tried to establish the souvereign jewish state of Israel. These fighters belonged to two main groups, the Etzel (stands for 'National Military Organization in Eretz Israel') and the Lehi (stands for 'Fighters for the freedom of Israel'). Several of them were murdered in the prison.
    Nowadays the prison is a museum, but has conserved a very intense atmosphere of coldness and simplicity. Especially if you are lucky like me and almost alone the place is very touching.

    A tour through the museum is best done to follow the way a prisoner had to go when brought here.

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    Treasures in the Walls - Ethnographic museum

    by gubbi1 Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    Inside the thick city walls you can visit the ethnographic museum 'Treasures in the Walls'. It has some very beautiful furniture pieces from different areas in and around Israel. Further it shows tool of several different professions like a hat maker and shoe cleaner.
    I liked it and was fascinated by the beautiful furniture with some very detailed pattern on them.
    To find the place follow the sign which I have added as photo.

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    Hamam al Basha - The Turkish Bath

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 4, 2010

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    A very interesting and well done museum is the Hamam al Basha. With a video on a big screen the visitor receives information about the history of the Hamam. The story tells the work of the last bath attendant, the last of a long line in his family. It is really fun.
    In the Hamam itself sculptures are set up in life size to show the visitor how people used the place. I highly recommend this museum.

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    The Turkish Bazaar

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 4, 2010

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    In the 18th century the Turkish Bazaar was built as a local market and was in use until the year 1948 when the Israel Defense Force captured the old city of Acre. Nowadays the market has reopened and serves as a market for souveniers and local crafts for tourist.

    Inside the market is one exit of the citadel museum (resp. the Crusader Town).

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    The Templar Tunnel

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 4, 2010

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    A part of the remains of the crusader times is a tunnel which leads 350 meters from the inner old town to the sea front. When the tunnel was found it was full of dirt and water. It was cleaned and a pumping system installed as it nowadays is below sea level and therefore groundwater coming in. It is therefore now possible to visit it. Watch out for the ceiling as it is most probably below your head... :)

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    The Souk (the market)

    by gubbi1 Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    Don't miss to visit the market in the old town of Acre. Despite the tourism it has remaind a market for the people living here. Lots of different smells and the huge amount of different things you can buy make the market a very interesting place. Well, in principle you will not be able to miss it if you are visiting the old town. Don't get lost :)

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    El Jazzar Mosque

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 4, 2010

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    Visit the El Jazzar Mosque, which is the largest mosque in Israel outside if Jerusalem. I paid 10 Schekels to get inside the inner yard from where you can peek inside the prayer room. Between nice blooming trees in the yard you will find a sun clock which used to tell the time for praying. The mosque itself is very pretty with colorful ceramics inside and outside.
    This mosque was the first one I have ever visited.

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    The Crusader Town

    by gubbi1 Written Dec 4, 2010

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    The Acre Fortress contains the most complete remains of a crusader fortress in Israel. It was built by the Hospitaller Order in the 12th and 13th century.

    There are many halls of the former ground floor intact. While walking through them an audio guide will give you a lot of information. You surely will be impressed by the enormous structures of the halls. Don't miss the toilets of the crusaders... ;)

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    Tickets for Acre sites

    by gubbi1 Updated Dec 4, 2010

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    There are different combined tickets available for the sites in Acre. You should go directly to the citadel and have a look at the various possibilities. I was sent back to the citadel from the Hamam. Also check the opening times for each place. This will save a lot of time which you otherwise will use to walk back and forth.
    Check the link below for ticket prizes and types.

    ---> Ticket information and prizing

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    Sea Walls

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    As a Crusader city, all approaches to Akko were protected, including attack from the sea. A very large part of the original sea wall fortifications survive, many metres thick, as you can see from the photos. You can also take a tourist boat round the fortifications to get a potential invaders view of the walled city:)

    Or try the locals' way of getting to know the walls...

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    Khan al-Umdan

    by leffe3 Updated Jul 19, 2009

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    The largest of the khan's (or caravanarsi) in Akko, as well as the best preserved, it literally means Inn of the Pillars. Like the mosque, the building (1785) 'utilised' pillars stolen from Caesarea.

    Upstairs levels would have been the merchants and travellers sleeping quarters, while the animals were kept downstairs.

    The clocktower was added in 1906 - it provides great views of the harbour - if you can find the gates open.

    Update: July 2009, urgent repairs have resulted in very limited access to the Khan - one covered corner away from the port.

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    Stroll Along The Old Town

    by edvin_br Written Jun 7, 2008

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    Akko is an ethnic mixed town.
    While the new areas of Akko built like any other Israeli town with many blocks at the residental zones and some more commercial and industrial zones, the old town center is a different strory. Populated mostly by the Arab minority, you will feel there like going back on time some houndreds of years. A lot of reservation works made lately makes the old town a pleasent place to visit. Many historical buildings, narrow passages, the old port and the colorful market are only a part of what can be seen there.

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    The Templars Tunnel

    by edvin_br Written Jun 5, 2008

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    During the 12th century Akko witnesses some big devalopments by the Templar order which were the rullers those days. Since then, Akkon witnessed many more changes by many rulers.
    One of the main attractions that remain from those days is an old tunnel. Discovered in 1994, during sewer maintaining we can even say accidentally. The tunnel is 350 meters long and it leads from the Khan El Umdan in the old town center to the old harbour.
    The place is open to tourists since 1999.

    Entrance cost:
    Adults - 10 NIS
    Students - 7 NIS

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    See the Cruisaders Hospital Compound !

    by WStat Written May 10, 2008

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    Buildings from the Crusader period, including the city walls, were partially or completely buried beneath buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries, when the city was part of the Ottoman Empire.
    Significant remains from the Crusader period were first uncovered in Akko during the 1950s and 1960s when portions of building complexes, below ground level but almost completely preserved, were cleared of debris. During the 1990s, within the framework of the development of Akko, excavations were undertaken both outside and inside the present-day Old City walls, bringing to light fascinating remains of Akko’s illustrious medieval history, previously known mainly from pilgrims’ accounts.

    The most important of the subterranean remains of Akko of the Crusaders is located in the northern part of today’s Old City. It is the structure that was the headquarters of the Order of the Hospitalers (the Knights of St. John). It is an extensive building complex (ca. 4,500 sq. m.) with halls and many rooms built around a broad, open central courtyard. The thick walls were built of well-trimmed kurkar (local sandstone), and the complex was fortified with corner towers. When the Ottoman ruler of Akko, Ahmed al-Jazzar decided to build a citadel and a palace on the site, he had the Hospitalers’ building filled in with earth.

    In recent years, the 3-4 m. high earth fill blocking the central courtyard of the Hospitalers’ compound was removed, revealing the 1200 sq. m. courtyard.

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