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Crusader Fortress

Acre, Israel
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Ranked #3 of 11 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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London, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
67 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I note that other people have reviewed the Crusader Fortress, Templar Tunnels and Turkish Baths separately and I am not quite sure why you would want to do one without the others. The whole package is brilliant although some of the presentation is surprisingly amateurish and we had a real laugh. The Crusader Fortress really is an impressive collection of... More

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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Crusader Fortress is amazingly impressive, especially when you consider the amount of abuse and neglect it suffered in the past. Beware that there are not many signs explaining what's what when you walk around, so make sure to take a info phone. You can borrow one for free with every adult ticket. The information on the phone make the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Interesting and exciting visit to the crusader past in Akko. In September 2014 they are opening a living market "shuk" inside the vast crusader halls which should add another layer to the experience. Make sure you take the machine with the commentary in your language to get the full experience. The combined package with the Turkish baths, Templar tunnels etc.... More

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New York
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Loved seeing the renovated Crusader Fortress. It's a beautiful, tasteful renovation and worth a visit.

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Haifa, Hefa, Israel
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The fortress is located as near the new visitor's center. It's is very impressive in its size and has preserved very well. The halls underground are mostly restored and not original, but still look very nice. Also in the summer of 2014 the place went through an impressive makeover to look like it was during the crusaders' time. The whole... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great experience. Although a little confusing which route you were meant to follow at times. Also the refurbishments taking place took something away from the experience.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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42 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 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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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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180 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 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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15 attraction reviews
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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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