The secrets of the city above and the city below.
-some… Tourist Brochure
Part 3 of my site seeing day is in Acre (Akko). I “quoted” the tourist brochure because in Acre you will see an old city with an even older city buried below. (and because it is much more clever than anything I would have written) The city below is a preserved (brochure stated “perfectly”… but that is not completely accurate) Crusader city and you can witness all of the efforts that have been made to unearth it and bring it back to life. You can also witness the influence of the city’s conquerors and their religions. (Canaanites, Romans, Crusaders, Turks, and British)
I am going to try to offer a quick glimpse of the Acre through my pictures… but I first I want to jump to my favorite place… Latrine Hall
You will note that all of the toilets are placed in two rows… and the actual places you sit are “face to face”… kind of curious…but what I found even more fascinating… This “Latrine Hall” was were double deckered. You are looking at the lower hall and there was a hall right above it. Not sure I would have wanted to use the lower hall. Oh ya… they used rain water to flush the waste down below into a large cavern… (This is a very dry place… and I imagine that their “rain based flushing” was a very infrequent thing… another reason not to use the lower hall)
Here are the rest of the pictures… hope you enjoy.
From this new level (old city level) you can enter the buildings. Entering these old buildings is amazing! In the pictures you will be able to tell “original” from the new based upon how smooth the stones are.
In these pictures you will note the Ottoman empire influence on the city of Acre… including a clock tower… not sure what the clock towers have to do with Ottoman but this is the second one that I have seen in Israel attributed to the Ottomans… the other one I saw was in Jaffa.
I will end with this tree…. look closely it is half embedded into the wall yet has a beautiful top… fascinating! I have one more post on my site seeing day in Israel… please come back. (By the way Isabelle… Napoleon was unable to conquer Acre!!!)