Knights' Halls

Acre, Israel

The Crusader structures called the Knights' Halls or the Citadel of Acre originally served as the Knights Hospitaller Compound. They extend over an area of c. 8,300 square meters. Archeological remains from the Hellenistic Period (300-63 BC), from the Early Arab Period (638-1099 CE), to a large extent from the Crusader Period (1291-1104 CE) and primarily from the 13th century, were uncovered in the compound area.

It was in the 13th century that Acre was the capital of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. The destruction of the Crusader structures during the Mamluk Period (1291-1517) left its mark on the compound.

During the Late Ottoman Period (1750-1918 CE), the citadel was built as part of the city's defensive formation on the ruins of the Crusader fortress and during the British Mandate (1918-1948), activists of Jewish Zionist resistance movements were held prisoner there and it served as the main prison in the North of Israel. The archaeological excavation of the Crusader remains and the exposure of a multi-period complex depict Acre's two golden ages – the thirteenth century and the eighteenth & nineteenth centuries.



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Weizman Street 1, Acre, Israel
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Founded: 13th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Israel


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Rita Coelho Ribeiro (2 years ago)
Israel has a lot of history to tell. Amazing place ❣
Gil Gefen (2 years ago)
I was amazed by the enormous renovated halls. The tour was just 40 NIS and it included so much attractions. I visited the same place around 3 - 4 years ago and it has changed vastly since.
Eitan Ivan (2 years ago)
Incredible voyage through 5000 years of perfectly preserved vivid history. Don't miss.
Erika Yanovich (2 years ago)
Really impressive and well explained with panels, animation and movies. Well done!
Ron Burshtein (3 years ago)
Amazing Great for kids all ages don't miss out
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