The thick walls of the old city of Akko.
Old Acre is one of the few cities in the world whose walls remained standing over the years, despite being attacked by big and powerful armies a number of times. However, in the early 20th century the British regime constructed two openings in the wall in order for motorized troops to enter the city.
A walk along the land wall and along the sea wall is a unique experience, which illustrates the military strength of the protected city.
The Old City was fortified, for the first time, in the days of the Cairo-based Ptomy Regime (the Moslem Regime). In the year 950 the ruler Ibn Tolon ordered the construction of a wall around the city of Acre. The wall was renovated in 1071, in preparation for the Seljuck invasion of the Land of Israel and later, in preparation for the Crusader conquest in 1099. The Crusaders renovated the walls of Acre and, in the early 13th century – added a new line of walls, built new towers and increased the height of the wall.
In 1291 the Mamlukes totally destroyed the city wall.
In 1750 the Bedouin ruler Dahar El-Omar fortified the walls of the city, which had been severely damaged, but not destroyed.
Between 1800 and 1814 new walls (the Al Jazar walls) were built around Acre. These are especially thick, double walls, with wide and strong watchtowers. In addition, heavy guns for protecting the city were put in place.
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pastadog (13068) 2008-03-07 8:41
Hi Ytzhak - I like the geometry lines on the right from your POV esp. that upward diagonal with little flowers on the side, leading the eye to the attractive little towers... very effective compo, well done... Daniel
jhm (127955) 2008-12-22 4:50
Thank you very much for your interesting note about these photograph.
Excellent perspective when we follow the wall to the little tower, together with the green vegetation on the wall.
I love this soft photograph and very fine composition
Lovely colours, splendid presentation. TFS.
- Copyright: Yitzhak Avigur (avigur_11) (22031)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-02-28
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D/Rebel XT, 18-55 Canon II EF-S f/3.5-5.5
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-03-07 4:43