This is a continuation of my series about Israel, see my previous posts for pictures from the cities and places that I visited in the Middle East (Petra, Jordan, Zefat, Eilat etc.)
|Old City Walls|
Akko is a city of intrigue, where you can walk through labyrinthine alleys and streets and explore the remnants of Crusader, Muslim and Ottoman conquerors. Walking along the walls of the city, you also get a spectacular view of the sea and the city of Haifa.
|Akko Fishing Port|
A part of the kingdom of Israel, Acre was incorporated into the empire of Alexander the Great after his conquest in 332 B.C.E.
|Crusaders Undergroud Tunnel from the Fortress to the Sea|
|Akko Old City Entrance|
In 1291, the Mamluks invaded and destroyed the city, killing every remaining Crusader and putting an end to the Latin Kingdom. Acre ceased to be a major city for almost 500 years. When the Bedouin sheikh Daher el-Omar carved a small fiefdom out of the Ottoman Empire in the mid-18th century, he made Acre his capital and built a large fortress.
It was subsequently fortified by the Turkish governor (1775-1804), Ahmad Pasha al-Jazzer ("The Butcher").
|Napoleon Mountain in Akko, with the silhouetted sculpture|
|Acre Prison Break Monument|
On May 4, 1947, members of the Irgun staged a dramatic rescue(dramatized in the film Exodus). Though few Jews escaped, the audacity of the raid was a serious blow to British prestige and a tremendous boost for the morale of the Jews. Today, the fort is the site of the Underground Prisoners Memorial Museum, which depicts the history of Acre and the prison.
|Prison View Inside|
|View From the Prison Window on the Fortress|
|View of the Fortress Walls|
|Courtyard View From the Cell|
|City View from the Cell|
|Prisoners Walking in the Courtyard|
|Cell with Candles|
On May 17, 1948, shortly after the Arab invasion, Israeli troops took control of Acre and most of the Arab inhabitants fled. It was subsequently incorporated into Israel after the War of Independence.
|Khan El Umdan|
Check out Khan El Umdan, the 18th century structure where camel caravans once brought grain and produce from Galilee to the market. The name means "inn of the pillars," for the fine granite Herodian pillars brought from Caesarea to support the structure. The clock tower is a much later addition, built in 1906 in honor of the Turkish sultan Abdul Hamid.
Across from the mosque is the entrance to the subterranean Crusader city. You can walk down to different levels and see how the Turks built on top of the old city.
One of the more spectacular rooms is the Knights' Halls, which the Hospitallers, the Order of the Knights of St. John, used as a fortress more than 700 years ago. Today, the main hall is used for concerts.
The lowest level is the Crypt, a great hall that may have been used for great ceremonies by the Crusaders.
|Baha'i Gardens Entrance|
Elsewhere in the city is the home of Baha Allah, the prophet of the Baha'i faith. His tomb is in a park just outside of town along the Acre-Nahariya road. As in the headquarters in Haifa, the grounds have spectacular gardens.
We visited this city twice, in April 2009 and in April 2010, and all the pictures were taken during those visits.
|Fisherman at the Akko Wall|
|Bazaar at the Seafront|
|Watering Fruits - a street vendor trying to keep fruit fresh under|
the pitiless sun. The lighthouse is seen in the background.
|Old Church in Akko|
|Internet Cafe in Akko|
|Saturday Morning - taken from the waterfront|
|Small park in the central part of the city of Akko|
|View from the Akko Sea Port|
|Waterfront and View of Haifa|
|View From the Waterfront|
|Sunset from the Pier|
|Palm Trees on the Waterfront at Sunset|
|Old City Walls|
|Akko at Night|
|Narrow Street of Old Arab City in Akko|
|Turkish Baths Museum in Akko|
|Turkish Baths Entrance Hall|
|Turkish Baths Ceiling|
|Akko Old City|
|Old Akko City Walls|
|The Road to the Sea Port|
|Path to Akko Bazaar|
|Way Up To the City Walls|
|View of Haifa from Akko|
The information about the city of Akko was taken from the website http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/vie/Acco.html