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Citadel of Acre, Acre

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Explore the dark corridors and huge vaulted ceilings of Citadel of Acre, an impressive stone structure overlooking Acre Harbor. The remains of a crusader town built from 1104 to 1291 testify to life in the capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. The present-day fortress displays a typical 18th-century Ottoman style, with halls featuring 10 m (33 ft) high barrel vaults and walls measuring 3.5 m (11.5 ft) thick. An infamous prison under the Ottomans and the British, the fortification now makes a popular tourist spot, occasionally hosting jousting tournaments and costumed festivals in the inner courtyard. In the yard, look for the huge muzzle loading cannons and stone cannonballs. Put Citadel of Acre on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Acre trip builder site.
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  • We visited here when we were in Acre and we were just amazed at this place. The restoration that had gone on really brought this huge area to life and you could almost imagine yourself back in... 
    We visited here when we were in Acre and we were just amazed at this place. The restoration that had gone on really brought this huge area to life and you could almost imagine yourself back in...  more »
  • We stayed in Acre overnight, primarily to visit the Citadel. We arrived just before 9 and went straight in. There is a nice route laid out with plenty of information boards and exhibits. There is.....  more
    We stayed in Acre overnight, primarily to visit the Citadel. We arrived just before 9 and went straight in. There is a nice route laid out with plenty of information boards and exhibits. There is.....  more »
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  • We stayed in Acre overnight, primarily to visit the Citadel. We arrived just before 9 and went straight in. There is a nice route laid out with plenty of information boards and exhibits. There is lots of information about the Military Orders, the Crusades, life at that period as well as an area that is family friendly with interactive displays and I think some dressing up areas. The place is obviously pretty large and it took a couple of hours to see everything and by then it was crowded with lots of coach parties so if you want to see it in peace, arrive at opening time. I'd recommend combing this with a trip to the nearby tunnels (very quick - 15 minutes there and back) and also the sea walls to look at the Ottoman walls and remains of the Crusader fortifications.
  • I didn’t enter the museum, making do with a beautiful walk in the winter sunshine around the citadel walls. They are wonderful, informative wall, texts, charting the story of Napoleon’s siege of this Ottoman stronghold.

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