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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. For Crusader Fortress and beyond, use our Acre itinerary maker to get the most from your Acre vacation.
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  • Very impressive fortress. The architecture is amazing and has been excavated and restored beautifully. A real window into the past.  more »
  • Small historic and archaeological attraction. Nothing very special, but nice to have, especially if you want something relatively short.  more »
  • So many sites in Israel have astounded me as to the preservation of such ancient history - this is yet another example. Great narrative accompanies the fortress - beautiful setting as well.  more »