A Bit of Acco (AKA Acre, Akka, Akre)

First posted: Jan 05 2014
Last updated: Jan 5, 2014

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Acco also spelled Acre, Akka, Akre is a city in the northern coastal plain region of northern Israel at the northern extremity of Haifa Bay. The city occupies an important location, as it sits on the coast of the Mediterranean, linking the waterways and commercial activity with the Levant. The Levant has been described as the "crossroads of western Asia, the eastern Mediterranean and northeast Africa". Acre is one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world and, historically, one of the most strategic coastal links to the Lavant. Today, the Levant consists of Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Jordan, Israel and part of southern Turkey.

In crusader times it was known as St. John d'Acre after the Knights Hospitaller of St John order who had their headquarters there. Acre is the holiest city of the Bahá'í Faith. In 2011, the population was 46,464. Acre is a mixed city, 72 percent Jewish and 28 percent Arab. The mayor is Shimon Lankri, who was re-elected in 2011.