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Crusader Fortress

Address: Acre, Israel
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Acre
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Hospitallers, the Order of the Knights of St. John, built this impressive fortress more than...
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Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The Hospitallers, the Order of the Knights of St. John, built this impressive fortress more than 700 years ago.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

They have invested heavily in modernizing the fortress and surroundings to make it a very educational place to visit with families and friends.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This place has really been fixed up and is now a worthwhile place to visit. The audio is poor however and the directions totally confusing so take your time and go back and forth, then it will work

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Merrick, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I am a history lover. Stopped here on my way to Tel Aviv and was intrigued by what we say. We had a privately guided tour which helped a lot in understanding the history of the place. The Crusader Fortress has a lot of history and changing hands from the Crusader period, through the period of Napoleon's invasion, to the... More 

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Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Having seen some amazing places in western Europe where the Middle Age development was spectacular, this took my breath away. i could have spent DAYS there. We had a wonderful guide, Mike Roguff, who was recipient of the Israel Government's "guide of the year" award and has been writing for Fodors since 1985. Lucky us! Painted delightful pictures. But had... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Before visiting Akko, I would have wondered how anybody could give a “1” rating to a major historical site. In this case, it is because of the reasons listed below in a letter I sent to UNESCO. In addition to those reasons, the audio guide had major technical issues and the large number of ticket combinations was confusing at best.... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

It is a beautiful and very well preserved fortress from the time of the crusaders. It is very well organized and you get earphone with explanations, stories and History. You get the feeling how it really was in those days. We were impressed by the beauty and History of the place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Large and extensive site - extremely well preserved beautiful crusader fortress. The kids most enjoyed the underground 'streets' and tunnels. Tunnels are well lit but watch out for some low ceilings. Be prepared to spend a few hours here!

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MERRICK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

Definitely worth a trip here. Follow the arrows and you get a pretty full tour of the site. Don't forget the pet some of the friendly resident cats :)

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Ramla, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

We took the audio guides with us. They are not the best since at some places explanations switch between 2 and sometimes 3 narrations, sometimes making you struggle to continue listening to one complete narration. There are a lot of stories but it becomes difficult to follow a path (red, blue, green) as the markers are not clear. These little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I travel often to Israel. In my last three visit in the country I visited the crusade fortress and each time the place was different as they keep uncovering more and more. The last time it seem as it is really ready , though you do see they still work there. Beside the archeological discoveries the historian created visuals to... More 

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