On This Day . . .
On April 9, 2016, we docked in Haifa in Israel, where we took a tour to the city of Acre, which was on the other side of the bay from Haifa. Our first stop on the tour was the Stella Maris Carmelite, which was built in the 19th century and was built over the prophet Elijah’s Cave. We then climbed up Mt Carmel to view the Baha’i Garden, from the top terrace. From Mt. Carmel, we traveled over to Acre, one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. Once in Acre, we viewed the Hospitaller Fortress, a restored 12th century Crusader Castle. We then left the fortress and traveled through the streets to the Templar’s Tunnel, which is 350 meters long and it extends from the Templars fortress in the west, to the city’s port in the east where the ruins of the City Walls can be seen. Before leaving Acre we walked past the Acre el-Jazzar Mosque, which was built over the Crusader City in 1781.