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Review of Akko Old Town

Akko Old Town
Acre, Israel
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“shuk trap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Not much to like, falafal joints and hummeserias and blatant passive aggressive attitudes.
Still, if you don't mind sad looking merchandise, tired and vaguely hostile seeming sellers, with tired 'bait and switch' approaches to business, enjoy!

Visited May 2013
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“Historical Site Illustrating Interaction Between Diverse Cultures”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The Old City of Akko (Acre) illustrates the interactions between diverse cultures and the complexity of history. As a hub of international trade, this port city was once home to the Canaanites, Romans, Crusaders, Turks, and the British. Each left their mark. Traces of the Ottoman Empire and the British can be observed on the surface while earlier groups can be found beneath the city. If you are interested in history, you'll love this site.

In the beginning of the 20th century, the Ottoman ruler’s palace was converted into the Central Prison of the British Mandate. It became the largest prison in Palestine. This prison incarcerated the fighters of the Jewish underground who fought against the British prior to the establishment of the State of Israel. During our last visit, we had stopped at the Underground Prisoners Museum. Since it was Jewish Sabbath (Saturday), the museum was closed. I would highly recommend visiting Akko when the museum is open. It highlights the mindset of the Jewish resistance by showing the importance of Zionism, heroism, and sacrifice.

Akko has many parts. It is recommended that you take a tour or purchase the audio guide so you can gain a full appreciation of the historical significance.

The original Turkish Bazaar was built in the 18th century. After being renovated, it now hosts dozens of small shops. Some of the places sell typical souvenirs while other places sell items that are unique. We walked into the Sousa Gallery and were graciously met by the owner of the boutique. She has been selling Druze embroidered purses and Israeli artwork for more than 17 years.

For generations, the Mesika family has been making exquisite silver and copper handmade objects. One wall had lower priced machine made item while the other wall had expensive handmade platters and objects. This unique Middle Eastern craftsmanship is becoming a lost art.

A visit to the Old City of Akko can also include stops at the el-Jazzar mosque, the Ramchal Synagogue (Moshe Chaim Luzzato), the Tunisian Djerba Synagogue (one of a kind synagogue with mosaics from Kibburz Eilon), the Okashi Art Museum, Treasures in the Walls Museum, and the Turkish bathhouses.

Visited November 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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“Don't miss other things for it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Akko is an ancient city that houses several important remnants of its Crusader history, and is filled with culturally and historically significant buildings and sites. You can get a sense of what the town was like in older times because it is so geographically separated from the modern city. Wandering the town is OK - you'll run into churches, mosques, monasteries, and can also walk under the city in tunnels, but overall I found the place dirty and mostly boring. It's hard to navigate, and many of the coolest sites (like the Ottoman han and clock tower) are in very poor condition. If you are nearby, go see it - if not, don't sweat it.

Visited January 2013
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Hinterzarten, Germany
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“Great historic town of the Crusaders”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

UNESCO World Heritage Town of Acre is fantastic. Even if you are not so in history. Atmosphere of all town is great. Not everything is restored yet. Enormous Underground halls for the pilgrams to the holy land , baths and living rooms. Special: the ancient latrines. Excellent lightenings and you can use an Audio Guide. The marktets are very nice and after having very good lunch with Uri Buri (see my entry) have a Dessert oriental style called "knafeh" the very best of oriental dessserts warm goat cheese pistachio and kadaif strings. We had it in the old market street where all the locals send their children to buy it to eat it at home. Available in Uri Buri as well, but ist more authentic in town. Spend a day and mabe a night (then in Palace Effendi Hotel a five star deluxe Hotel since 7 months)

Visited April 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Akko (Acre) is OK.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Akko is a much smaller version of Jerusalem. The Turkish bazaar is nice, but doesn't compare to Jerusalem. The Baha'i Center is lovely. It is a city of great history. The Citadel, Crusader Tunnel, etc. is nice. The Turkish bath house would be more fun if it was available to use. Nothing to write home about. If you are in the area, it is worth a few hours.

Visited April 2013
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