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Crusader Fortress

Acre, Israel
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Ranked #3 of 9 attractions in Acre
Type: Historic Sites, Castles
Description: The Hospitallers, the Order of the Knights of St. John, built this impressive fortress more than 700 years ago.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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116 reviews 116 reviews
41 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The crusader fortress and the Templar tunnels are a great way to learn about the many crusades and the importance of Akko in history. While the fortress is under renovation at the current time (July 2014) it is still a great site with plenty to offer. Situated at the entrance of the historic city, the fortress is actually two fortresses.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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75 reviews 75 reviews
35 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This fortress is combined of a large set of wide halls and passages, yards and tunnels, built a thousand years ago and discovered throughout the last 50 years, some parts as late as the last decade. This entire fortress is actually located 6 meters ( roughly 15 feet) under the current streets of the old quarter of Acre - just... More

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London, United Kingdom
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160 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The vast halls and fortifications, prison and the huge courtyard of Acre are fascinating. Well restored after their 20th century use as a British prison, they found tunnels that lead under the city to the souq - which really lent an air of mystique!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

I last visited the Fortress in December 2012, and it appears that they have made substantial progress since then in restoring the site, as well as in putting up more useful displays. It really gives you a better sense of what the place must have looked like 900 years ago.

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A fascinating site with lots of history but the self guided tour is a bit hit and miss. Occasionally the pre programmed numbers of the self guided tour would talk about completely different things (for example talking about a painting when looking at a piece of masonry in the courtyard) and the numbering is hotchpotch and almost random in places.... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

In this amazing complex, an audio phone in your chosen language will guide you intelligently and efficiently through the multitude of halls, rooms. archeological discoveries etc.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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68 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The fortress is interesting and quite impressive, with some massive structures, notably the Pillars Hall, which covers 1,300 square metres and has a massive cross-vaulted ceiling. There are a variety of other impressive rooms and courtyards as well. Unless you suffer from claustrophobia, the tunnels are also worth exploring and are covered by the entrance ticket.

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East London, South Africa
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49 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Here is a place that is an amazing part of the medieval religious wars that took place over a thousand years ago. The wars covered many years and were between the Catholics from Europe and the Saracens of the Middle East and the fighting was to regain Christian control over the main religious sites in the Holy Land. This Fortress... More

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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117 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The fortress was under construction when we visited, so we had some difficulty following the map. We had a very difficult time locating the tunnel. Follow a set of steps at the far end of the plaza to find the underground tunnel.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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27 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We enjoyed our visit. We are traveling with Globus tours "fascinating Isreal" Neat to see the huge site of what was the castle. Bazaars nearby as you leave so you can drop some coin.

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