Acre

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The earliest recorded mention of settlement in Acre/Akko may be a 16th century BCE reference to Aak in a tribute list for Pharaoh Thutmose III. Akko gets a minor biblical mention in Judges 1:31 as a place where the tribe of Asher did not drive out Canaanites when they were conquering this area (possibly sometime around the 14th to 12th centuries BCE). The city had a well-protected harbor, fertile hinterland and strategic position between Egypt and Phoenicia.

As with many ruins in Israel, Acre has layers reflecting different time periods. Many of the surface buildings date from the Ottoman era in the 18th century, but they were built on the filled-in ruins of Crusader era halls from the 12th century. The remarkably well-preserved subterranean Crusader structures were cleared out and opened for visitation.

One of the highlights of the visit was the Templar Tunnel, a subterranean tunnel from the Crusader period that was partially filled with water and was used to ferry contraband from the port without paying duties.

Acre - Old Crusader gate
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Old Crusader gate
Acre - Magistrate Court
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Magistrate Court
Acre - Nepoleanic canon
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Nepoleanic canon
Acre - Fortress walls
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Fortress walls
Acre - Mosque
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Mosque
Acre - Acco Theatre Center
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Acco Theatre Center
Acre - Tour buses
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Tour buses
Acre - David Miro
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David Miro
Acre - David Miro
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David Miro
Acre - David Miro
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David Miro
Acre - David Miro
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David Miro
Acre - David Miro
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David Miro
Acre - David Miro
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David Miro
Acre - Old Acre map
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Old Acre map
Acre - Theatre company
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Theatre company
Acre - Old city visitor's center
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Old city visitor's center
Acre - Old city visitor's center
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Old city visitor's center
Acre - Old city visitor's center
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Old city visitor's center
Acre - Acre Map
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Acre Map
Acre - Old Acre model
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Old Acre model
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Mosque
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Mosque
Acre - Cannonballs
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Cannonballs
Acre - Mosque
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Mosque
Acre - Stone ball
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Stone ball
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Citadel
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Citadel
Acre - Northern halls
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Northern halls
Acre - Northern halls
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Northern halls
Acre - Northern halls
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Northern halls
Acre - Northern halls
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Northern halls
Acre - Northern halls
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Northern halls
Acre - Discovery hole
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Discovery hole
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Restoration
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Restoration
Acre - Courtyard
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Courtyard
Acre - Courtyard
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Courtyard
Acre - Courtyard
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Courtyard
Acre - Refectory
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Refectory
Acre - Refectory
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Refectory
Acre - Refectory
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Refectory
Acre - Refectory
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Refectory
Acre - Tunnel
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Tunnel
Acre - Tunnel
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Tunnel
Acre - Tunnel
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Tunnel
Acre - Tunnel
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Tunnel
Acre - Tunnel
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Tunnel
Acre - The Under Croft
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The Under Croft
Acre - The Under Croft
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The Under Croft
Acre - The Under Croft
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The Under Croft
Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Shops
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Shops
Acre - Shops
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Shops
Acre - Shops
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Shops
Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Acre
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Acre - Shops
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Shops
Acre - Shops
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Shops
Acre - Alley
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Alley
Acre - Mosque
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Mosque
Acre - Walking to the port
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Walking to the port
Acre - Fish
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Fish
Acre - Clock tower and hotel
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Clock tower and hotel
Acre - Fishing boats
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Fishing boats
Acre - Fishing boats
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Fishing boats
Acre - Hotel courtyard
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Hotel courtyard
Acre - Kahn al-Umdan
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Kahn al-Umdan
Acre - Entering hotel courtyard
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Entering hotel courtyard
Acre - Arch
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Arch
Acre - Hotel courtyard
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Hotel courtyard
Acre - Hotel courtyard
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Hotel courtyard
Acre - Stall
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Stall
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Templar Tunnel
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Templar Tunnel
Acre - Emerging at the port
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Emerging at the port
Acre - Harbor
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Harbor
Acre - Harbor
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Harbor
Acre - Harbor
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Harbor
Acre - Harbor
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Harbor
Acre - Birthright tour bus
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Birthright tour bus
Acre - Fortress walls
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Fortress walls
Acre - Muslim family
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Muslim family
Acre - Lunch
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Lunch
Acre - Lunch
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Lunch
Acre - Mom's first falafel
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Mom's first falafel
Acre - Mom's first falafel
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Mom's first falafel
Acre - Bathroom
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Bathroom
Acre - Courtyard
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Courtyard
Acre - Waiting for the bus
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Waiting for the bus
Acre - Open-air market
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Open-air market
Acre - Open-air market
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Open-air market
Acre - Fortress walls
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Fortress walls
Acre - Fortress walls
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Fortress walls
Acre - Fortress walls
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Fortress walls
Acre - McDonalds
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McDonalds

I have no doubt we're going to have a bad hundred years. We have the resources to gracefully handle the transition, but we won't. We apparently can't. (Jeremy Grantham)