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Akko

Akko, or Acre, is one of the oldest port cities in the world, and its recorded history dates back to the Early Bronze Age.

The origin of the name “Acre” is unknown however, according to Jewish tradition when the ocean was created, when it reached Acre G-d said “Ad Ko” meaning up until here and the name developed into Akko.

Greek legend say it got it’s name from the Greek word for medicine Ákē  because after one of his many battles Hercules found healing herbs here.

Like Yafo, Akko was a Canaanite city. It was later ruled by the Phoenicians and then Persian.

It was at some point conquered by King Tut and later by Alexander the Great.

After his death, Akko became under the control of the Ptolemaic dynasty and was eventually handed down to Cleopatra.

During the Hasmonean Dynasty there was a Jewish presence in the city and after the destruction of the Temple, the Jewish community grew.

By the 9th century the city had a substantial Jewish population and grew to become one of the most important Jewish communities in Israel and abroad.

Khan al-Umdan

The Khan al-Umdan, meaning  “Caravanserai of the Pillars” or “Inn of the Columns,” is a largest and best preserved of the four khan’s in Akko. Located in Old Acre, close …

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Old Acre

Old Acre, or the Old City of Akko, is an ancient port city in Israel with a long history stemming back thousands of years and is UNESCO World Heritage Site. …

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Akko (Acre)

Akko, or Acre, is one of the oldest port cities in the world, and its recorded history dates back to the Early Bronze Age. The origin of the name “Acre” …

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