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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  • The Crusader fortress is overly illustrated and beleuchet and "played". Just too much of a good. You can never quite see what is the actual building or the buildings are, much has changed and furniture, flags, pictures and chairs cover the building fabric (to which it actually should go). The audio guide text seems more likely to be made for children and students. Stories are told, rather than details of design, style and construction. The historic old town is also sometimes quite neglected and dirty.
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  • Really an excellent historical site. We enjoyed exploring the various ancient rooms and learning about the history. Well done with signage in English to help you tour it on your own. The audio guide i...  more »
  • The Crusader fortress at Acre, is a wonderfully restored castle from the Middle Ages, that has both an excellent free audio tour and is well signposted as you walk around. A visit to the castle is an ...  more »

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