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Khan al-Umdan, near the port in Akko old city, as seen through the closed-off entrance. Built in 1784, it included 40 columns made from stone brought from ancient Caesarea and Atlit. It seems to be abandoned now.

Akko Old City: Jerusalem without the politics

Two separate people in two separate parts of Israel gave me the same advice: “Go see Akko old city; it’s Jerusalem without the politics.” They were right. Akko, also called Acre, looks much like Jerusalem’s old city. It has the same narrow, winding, stone-paved streets. The market streets have ancient arched roofs and the sellers…