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Crusader-era city lies beneath Israeli port

A place I would love to explore: Underneath the port city of Acre in Israel lies a completely intact Crusader-era city.

Etched in plaster on one wall was a coat of arms — graffiti left by a medieval traveler. Nearby was a main street of cobblestones and a row of shops that once sold clay figurines and ampules for holy water, popular souvenirs for pilgrims.

All were last used by residents in 1291, the year a Muslim army from Egypt defeated Acre’s Christian garrison and leveled its remains.

The existing city, built by the Ottoman Turks around 1750, effectively preserved this earlier town, which had been hidden for centuries under the rubble.

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Story: Matti Friedman, AP | Photo: AP

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