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Acre

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Acre is a city in the northern coastal plain region of the Northern District, Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. The city occupies an important location, as it sits on the coast of the Mediterranean, traditionally linking the waterways and commercial activity with the Levant. Acre is one of the oldest sites in the world.Historically, it was a strategic coastal link to the Levant. During the Crusades it was known as St. John d'Acre after the Knights Hospitaller, who had their headquarters there.Acre is the holiest city of the Bahá'í Faith, and as such gets many Baha'i pilgrims. In the population was. Acre is a mixed city, that includes Jews, Muslims, Christians and Baha'is. The mayor is Shimon Lankri, who was reelected in 2011.EtymologyThe city was known as Ptolemais during the Hellenistic and later Roman-Byzantine period.
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