A military-monastic organization known as the Templars assisted European pilgrims traveling to Israel’s holy places in the name of the pope.
They initially made their home on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, thus earning the nickname “the Templars,” or “the protectors of the Temple.” The Templars settled in Akko after Salah Al-invasion Din’s of Jerusalem in 1187 and started constructing their quarter in the southwest of the city.
History of the Templars in Acre
Salah al-Din seized control of Jerusalem in 1187, and the Templars moved to Acre in 1192. They dug the tunnel to the sea as well as an 8.5m-thick stronghold. In Acre, the Templars stayed from 1192 to 1291. When the Crusaders were defeated by the Muslims in the Battle of Hattin (1187), Acre was taken, and the Christians fled.
The Hospitallers, a Christian order that was at Acre during the same time period and also possessed a substantial castle there, are sometimes mistaken with the Knight Templars. In 1312, the Templars and Hospitallers were both formally dissolved. Dahar al-Omar demolished the Templar castle in the 18th century and used the stones to construct the city walls.
The Templar Tunnel
In 1994, a flooded section of the tunnel was found. Since then, it has been dug up and made public. Visitors may now stroll through the Templars’ Tunnel on a wooden boardwalk while viewing projected graphics that depict the history of the order on the tunnel’s walls.
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