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At the harbour you'll find boats aplenty. Maybe you'll even find a captain to take you along the coast to one of the few cities left in Christian hands.

Visiting Acre today
The Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem may have only kept its capital of Acre for a further 19 years after 1272, but any time-travelling knight making a nostalgic return to modern-day Akko, on Israel's Mediterranean coast, will find much of the city they knew still standing. Its ramparts still stand strikingly as a reminder of its strategic importance, and the bustling alleyways of the old city retain a medieval flavour. Elsewhere, much has changed: Ottoman minarets pierce the sky and outside the old city the prosperous Akko is unmistakably modern Israel. The highlight of your visit - apart from Akko's excellent seafood restaurants - will almost certainly be exploring the Knight's Halls, the extraordinary complex of subterranean rooms that made up the bulk of the crusader fortress within the city walls. A particularly thrilling experience is going through the narrow Templar Tunnel running from the port to a crusader palace. Akko is a favourite part of many visits to the Holy Land, offering a well-preserved remnant of crusader and Ottoman eras. In fact, it is fair to say that the modern-day incarnation of the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem still feels like the promised land.

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Anyone on the trail of the adventuring of medieval knights might also wish to stop off in Rhodes - occupied by the Knights Hospitaller for over 100 years - and Tartus in Syria, which also retains a walled old city.

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The article ‘Travelling to Acre, now and in 1272 AD’ was published in partnership with BBC History magazine.

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