Old City of Acre – Acre

While not as vibrant (or horribly crowded) as the Old City of Jerusalem, the Old City of Acre has its own quiet charm. The city skyline is dominated by the giant Mosque of Al-Jazzar (1 – the third largest mosque in Israel). The small streets (2-5) are wider and less crowded than in Jerusalem, and are more residential – locals seem to be peeking out of every crevice and one in particular looked like he was about to drop a pot on me at any minute (6). After wandering a bit through the side streets we reached the port of Acre (7-9, 13, 14, 17, 18), once a focal point during the Crusades. The coastline now is much more quiet and pristine; the area of the ancient port is not big enough to serve as an industrial port and therefore has been relocated across the bay to Haifa. Nevertheless we still saw some fishermen and small yachts lining the coast. We eventually made our way to the fortifications around the Old City (11, 12), complete with cannons and a moat. After lunch we made our way back to the port to watch the sunset over the bay (along with some off duty soldiers – 16).

I got a very different feel from Acre than Jerusalem. The city is poorer, less lively, but feels more real and is one of the few cities where Jews and Arabs live side by side. Much of the city is under construction, as the Old City itself has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but I think the town is not as well conserved as its three main attractions:

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~ by jonathanmtsai on January 15, 2011.

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