Khan el-Umdan, in the historical city of Akko, was built in 1784-5 by the Governor of Acre, Ahmed Jezzer Pasha, as one of his projects of improvements in the city. The hostel was built on part of the inner harbor. In the Napoleon maps, used at the siege of 1799, the site still appeared as an inner port.
Khan el-Umdan ("The inn of the pillars") is named after the marble and granite pillars which decorate its interior. They were originally placed in Caesarea, but recycled In Ottoman times to decorate public buildings.
Nowadays, the khan is a tourist spot. It is also used as a open air stage during the festivals in the city, such as the Theater festival during the month of October.
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loves_summer (1310) 2009-01-18 12:13
Interesting and original POV. Good details are evident in the structure and nice sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!
oreyd (437) 2009-01-18 17:20
dang, I was just there and couldn't figure out how to get it all in... you did great here! I had a grand day roaming around Akko...
- Copyright: Julian Kaesler (Julian_K) (1055)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-12-10
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus E-330, Olympus ZD 11-22mm F2.8-3.5, Hoya 72mm PL-CIRCULAR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 12:10