Israel Ministry of Tourism

The town of Acre, or Akko, was the last Crusader city to fall to the Muslim army of Mamluk Sultan Al-Ahraf Khalil. It was first captured by the Crusaders in 1104, who changed the name of the city from Akko to Acre. The hall, popularly known as the Crypt of St. John in the Hospitaller fortress at Acre, is a beautiful example of medieval architecture, combining elements of the Romanesque and Gothic styles typical of the period, and served as the refectory or dining room. The fall of Acre in 1291 marked the end of Crusader rule in the Holy Land.