The oldest city of Israel

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Bahai Temple and Akko

Flag of Israel  , Haifa District,
Saturday, October 27, 2012

Map of Haifa and Akko (Acre)
 
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OCT 27: HAIFA is the third largest city in Israel with a population of 300,000, and is the international headquarters for Bahai faith.  Bahai believe that all humanity is one family, that all major religions come from one God, women and men are equal, all prejudice must be overcome, science and religion are in harmony, and we must seek truth for ourselves.  

Our Israel guide, Amalia, drove up from the south to be our guide for Haifa and Akko (or Acre) for the day.   She's an excellent guide, and all of us in our group appreciated her knowledge that she shared with us in addition to the questions most of us asked her.    

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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AKKO (or Acre) is the oldest inhabited site in Israel.  It is the holiest city of the Bahai Faith with a population of 46,000 inhabitants.   It's composed of 72% Jews and 28% Arabs.

A Brief History of Akko: Akko has existed continuously for 4,000 years from the Hellenistic period onwards.  During the Hellenistic Period (from the times of Alexander the Great), Akko had the same status as the Phoenician cities with direct connection with the Greek government.  The use of coins was common and the local mint operated for 700 years until the 4th century CE, and has the longest numismatic history in Israel.  .  During the Roman Period, many Jews settled in Akko, and the Apostles Paul and Peter also stayed in Akko.  A long breakwater was built to create a safe harbor which was Akko's main source of economic prosperity for 1,000 years.   During the Byzantine Period, the Greek influence was strengthening, and the Jewish community was destroyed.  During the early Arab Period, the elite class in the city were mostly Christians, but the continuous process of conversion led to the Islamic ruling class, and the Mosques replaced the church.   

I walked 10.7 miles today.

 
 

  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 



 
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