|UNESCO #1042 - Old City of Acre - ISRAEL|
Monday, May 12, 2014
Acre - ISRAEL - UNESCO #1042
Today I received my first 3 UNESCO WHS cards from Israel. The first one shows the old city of Acre, a rare blend of East and West - to bad it can't be like that in all the middle east region. This multi view postcard shows El Jazar Mosque, Khan El Umdan with clock tower, Saint John's Crypt, Part of the Ancient Wall and The Steps in old Acre. Thank you very much Debora, thanks to you I can now start painting the Israel list with some green lines. Ok now, with this card I reach 376 sites, only 605 to go. This postcard took 8 days to arrive!
Acre is a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement from the Phoenician period. The present city is characteristic of a fortified town dating from the Ottoman 18th and 19th centuries, with typical urban components such as the citadel, mosques, khans and baths. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact, both above and below today's street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem.