Crusader Fortress, Acre

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Explore the dark corridors and huge vaulted ceilings of Crusader Fortress, an impressive stone structure overlooking Acre Harbor. The remains of a crusader town built from 1104 to 1291 testify to life in the capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. The present-day fortress displays a typical 18th-century Ottoman style, with halls featuring 10 m (33 ft) high barrel vaults and walls measuring 3.5 m (11.5 ft) thick. An infamous prison under the Ottomans and the British, the fortification now makes a popular tourist spot, occasionally hosting jousting tournaments and costumed festivals in the inner courtyard. In the yard, look for the huge muzzle loading cannons and stone cannonballs. Put Crusader Fortress on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Acre trip builder site .
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  • I had visited the site in 1988. It has since been restored and the Museum is very educational. It's the old Citadel of the Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, which was built and transformed during the 12th-13th s. It wanders around the Court and various rooms and alleyways. In particular, note the impressive refectory, the remains of a chapel. Objects are presented and signs explain the life of the Crusaders, which makes a very interesting visit.
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  • Incredible to visit this underground city . A must for any visit in Akko. The archeologists did a remarkable job.  more »
  • Nice very well maintained historic fortress. Interesting stories all over thevplace. Some of the rooms are huge and the garden is beautiful.  more »

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