Al-Jazzar Mosque in Acre – Full Guide


Al-Jazzar Mosque in Akko

Al-Jazzar Mosque guide starts with maps, opening hours, entrance fee, and then we will walk at this mosque. Let’s begin!

Note: if you are looking for an Acre city guide that includes all relevant information and things to do, then check out Acre.

On One Foot

The el-Jazzar Mosque, also known as the White Mosque, is located on el-Jazzar Street inside the walls of the old city of Acre, overlooking the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and is named after the Ottoman Bosnian governor Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar (“the Butcher”).

Source: Wikipedia

Names

First of all, let’s start with spelling. Most websites, including Old Acre Development Company, spell the name as Al-Jazzar Mosque. But Wikipedia and the sign at the mosque say El-Jazzar Mosque.

This site is also known as the White Mosque. The color of the dome was silvery-white that glittered at a great distance. Today the dome is colored in green.

Map

Old Acre is the old part of the modern city of Acre. And Al-Jazzar Mosque, as many other tourist attractions are located within Old Acre.

Map of the area:

Akko - Old City Map
Akko – Old City Map

Notes:

  • In the map above the Al-Jazzar Mosque is marked under number #31.
  • You can click on the map to enlarge it.

Opening Hours

This is an active mosque. It is closed during time of the prayers.

Entrance to Al-Jazzar Mosque
Entrance to Al-Jazzar Mosque

If it is closed for a prayer, then you will see the appropriate sign at the entrance (same as in the photo above). And since the time of five daily prayers determined by the position of the Sun in the sky, the opening hours change daily. Therefore, if the mosque is closed, visit one of the other attractions nearby (see Acre for additional details) and retry later.

Entrance Fee

The entrance fee is 10 NIS per person. You buy the tickets at the gate, and I think they accept cash only.

Al-Jazzar Mosque is not part of the Old Acre Development Company. Thus it is not included in the combined ticket that you can purchase at Hospitaller Fortress (see Acre for additional details).

Clothing

The sign at the entrance says: “Visitors should be properly dressed.” And the general rule for holy places is modest clothes, usually covering shoulders and knees.

On one of our visits, my wife wore a sleeveless shirt. The cashier offered us some scarfs for the duration of our visit. And after putting it on, we entered.

About

Al-Jazzar Mosque, which is known in Arabic as Jama El-Basha (the Pasha’s Mosque), was also formerly known as Jama El-Anwar (the Mosque of Lights), according to the Vakfiye of Ahmed Al-Jazzar Pasha. It is Israel’s largest mosque outside of Jerusalem and the largest one among the mosques built in Israel during the Turkish period. The building dominates Acre’s skyline to this very day.

Based on the Arabic inscription engraved over the front door, the mosque was inaugurated around 1781 AD (1196 according to the Hijra calendar, which begins with the emigration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina), i.e., in the early years of Al-Jazzar Pasha’s rule in Acre.

Source: Old Acre Development Company

Jezzar Pasha Mosque - The White Mosque, Old Acre
Jezzar Pasha Mosque – The White Mosque

The map of Jezzar Pasha Mosque compound:

Old Acre

As you can see from the map, this complex also includes a library (#6) and a small graveyard with the tombs of Jazzar Pasha and his adoptive son (#3).

Al-Jazzar Mosque and its Shadirvan
Al-Jazzar Mosque and its Shadirvan

On one of our visits to the Al-Jazzar Mosque, a local man approached us and offered some guidance. Since it was not my first time and it was a family visit, we refused. You can also say yes, but keep in mind that he will be asking for a tip.

Sacred Relic

As we enter the mosque, I want to mention the sacred relic that is kept on the second floor of this mosque. And the relic is hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammed.

Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre
The entrance door

But unfortunately, visitors do not have access to the second floor.

And here is the relevant news brief from 1981:

The Al-Jazzar mosque in Acre, built in 1781 by Ahmad Al-Jazzar (the butcher) Pasha and held to be the most beautiful in Israel, was reopened yesterday after renovations paid for mainly by the government. The ceremony was attended by President Yitzhak Navon and hundreds of Jewish, Moslem, Christian, and Druze spiritual leaders, judges, and heads of Arab local councils. One of the most sacred relics held by the mosque and on display in a glass cabinet is a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammed.

Inside Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre
Inside Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre
Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre
Jezzar Pasha Mosque – The White Mosque

The compound around Jezzar Pasha Mosque has these lovely passageways:

Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre

Summary

Al-Jazzar Mosque is the largest mosque in Israel outside of Jerusalem. But the average duration of my last several visits is about half an hour. And if you are not into photography, then your visit is likely to be shorter. Thus I do not go to Acre only for this site, and instead, visit it together with other places in the Old City. And you can find information about additional attractions in my Acre guide.

Have you ever been to the Al-Jazzar Mosque? Tell us in the comments below.

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

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