Crusader Fortress, Acre, Northern District, Israel

The old city of Acre is one of Israel’s top treasures, a gorgeous ancient city dating back thousands of years overlooking the Mediterranean Sea

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 high barrel vaults and walls measuring 3.5 m thick.

Explore the dark corridors and huge vaulted ceilings of Crusader FortresSouth Dakota, 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.

Beneath the old city is a maze of underground tunnels connecting between the different tourist attractions, taking you into a journey in regional history visiting many religious and political conflicts that took place in the city. A good place to start off your exploration of the city and the Ottoman-Crusader Route is at the Crusader Fortress, or the Hospitaller Fortress, a UNESCO heritage site, the center of power for the crusaders between the 12th and 15th century.

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