Acre (Akko) is a historic town which under different names continuously existed for 5,000 years. It was placed on UNESCO’s list of world cultural heritage for its exceptionally well-preserved remains of buildings of medieval crusaders (12th and 13th century) over top of which is the Ottoman city from the 18th and 19th century.
City of four religions
Acre (Akko) is a city where four religions have their places of worship, and they are actually placed almost next to each other – starting from the mosque Al Jazzar which holds the hair from the beard of the prophet Mohamed, the Franciscan Church of St. John the Baptist dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, the oldest church of Acre built in 1545. In Acre you can also find the holiest place for baha’ism – garden where the tomb of the founder of the Bahai faith is placed and the Synagogue Rabbi Moshe Ramhal dedicated to Chaim Luzzatto – great Kabbalists who lived and died in Acre.
A short history of the city
Acre is mentioned in the Old and the New Testament as an important port. During Islam, it became less important, but then again in 1104 when Baldwin I, first king of the Kingdom of Jerusalem occupied city of the Saracens – Acre again becomes an important city of the region.
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