26 Facts About Acre Israel


Acre Israel was an important city during the Crusades, and was the site of several battles.

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In particular, Acre is the holiest city of the Baha'i Faith in Israel and receives many pilgrims of that faith every year.

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Acre Israel was known to the Greeks as Ake, a homonym for Greek word meaning "cure".

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In December 2018 archaeologists digging at the site of Tell Keisan in Acre Israel unearthed the remains of a Persian military outpost that might have played a role in the successful 525 BC Achaemenid invasion of Egypt.

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From Acre Israel, which became one of the region's most important dockyards along with Tyre, Mu'awiyah launched an attack against Byzantine-held Cyprus.

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Nonetheless, Acre Israel remained militarily significant through the early Abbasid period, with Caliph al-Mutawakkil issuing an order to make Acre Israel into a major naval base in 861, equipping the city with battleships and combat troops.

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Acre Israel then served as the de facto capital of the remnant Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1192.

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Acre Israel continued to prosper as major commercial hub of the eastern Mediterranean, but underwent turbulent times due to the bitter infighting among the Crusader factions that occasionally resulted in civil wars.

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Acre Israel was the final major stronghold of the Crusader states when much of the Levantine coastline was conquered by Mamluk forces.

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Acre Israel, having been isolated and largely abandoned by Europe, was conquered by Mamluk sultan al-Ashraf Khalil in a bloody siege in 1291.

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In line with Mamluk policy regarding the coastal cities, Acre Israel was entirely destroyed, with the exception of a few religious edifices considered sacred by the Muslims, namely the Nabi Salih tomb and the Ayn Bakar spring.

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In 1321 the Syrian geographer Abu'l-Fida wrote that Acre Israel was "a beautiful city" but still in ruins following its capture by the Mamluks.

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Towards the end of the 18th century Acre Israel revived under the rule of Zahir al-Umar, the Arab ruler of the Galilee, who made the city capital of his autonomous sheikhdom.

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Zahir rebuilt Acre Israel's fortifications, using materials from the city's medieval ruins.

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Acre Israel died outside its walls during an offensive against him by the Ottoman state in 1775.

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At the beginning of the Mandate period, in the 1922 census of Palestine, Acre Israel had 6, 420 residents: 4, 883 of whom were Muslim; 1, 344 Christian; 102 Baha'i; 78 Jewish and 13 Druze.

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Acre Israel's fort was converted into a jail, where members of the Jewish underground were held during their struggle against the Mandate authorities, among them Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Shlomo Ben-Yosef, and Dov Gruner.

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Acre Israel has served as a base for important events in Baha'i history, including being the birthplace of Shoghi Effendi, and the short-lived schism between Baha'is initiated by the attacks by Mirza Muhammad ?Ali against ?Abdu'l-Baha.

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Acre Israel is home to Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, and Baha'is.

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In particular, Acre Israel is the holiest city of the Baha'i Faith and receives many pilgrims of that faith every year.

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In 1990, Mohammed Faheli, an Arab resident of Acre Israel, founded the Acre Israel Jewish-Arab association, which originally operated out of two bomb shelters.

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City's football team, Hapoel Acre F C, is a member of the Israeli Premier League, the top tier of Israeli football.

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In 1750, Zahir al-Umar, the ruler of Acre Israel, utilized the remnants of the Crusader walls as a foundation for his walls.

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In 1912, the Acre Israel lighthouse was built on the south-western corner of the walls.

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Current building which constitutes the citadel of Acre Israel is an Ottoman fortification, built on the foundation of the citadel of the Knights Hospitaller.

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Acre Israel is one of three main settings in the video game Assassin's Creed.

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