The Templars Tunnel in Old Acre (Akko) – Visitors Guide (Map, Hours, and More)

Templar Tunnel

The Templars Tunnel is an underground passage that connected the Templars fortress and the port. And it was rediscovered by chance in 1994 as a result of clogged sewage.

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

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Map

Old Acre is the old part of the modern city of Acre. And Templars Tunnel, like many other tourist attractions, is located within Old Acre.

Templars Tunnel has two openings. One on Asher street 37, and the other on Ha-Hagana street not far from the lighthouse.

Map of the area:

On the Google maps above, I marked both openings. And thought the following plan does not identify the Templars Tunnel, you can see the lighthouse (#41) and Khan al-Umdan (#10) near the openings.

Also, I used the word openings deliberately. You can enter and exit on each side. Thus you can walk to the West or the East entrance.

Map of the Old City in Akko
Map of the Old City in Akko

Notes: you can click on the map to enlarge it.

Entrance Fee

The basic combined ticket includes Hospitaller Fortress, The Okashi Museum, The Templars Tunnel, and Treasures In The Walls Museum (Old Acre Development Company manages all these sites). It costs 47 NIS for an adult and 40 NIS for a child. On top of the basic combination, you can add more places like the Turkish Bath, Rosh HanikraHaypark zoo, and others. So there is a variety of combo tickets.

Old Akko price list
Old Akko price list

If you do not want to visit the Hospitaller Fortress (though I would recommend not to skip it), you can purchase a ticket to Templars Tunnel and the Turkish bath for 25 NIS.

Opening Hours

Sunday – Thursday and Saturday: 9:30 – 17:00 (17:30 in summer).
Friday and holiday eve: 9:30 – 16:00.

Notes:

  • The summertime is April – October.
  • Opening hours and ticket prices were updated in October 2021. In any case, recheck the official site before your visit.
  • There are also coupons available. You can find additional information in the Acre guide.

History

The Templars were a military-monastic order which – in the name of the pope – aided pilgrims and the ailing coming from Europe to visit the holy sites of the Land of Israel.

They first settled in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount, hence their name, “the Templars,” the guardians of the Temple. Following the conquest of Jerusalem by Salah Al-Din in 1187, the Templars made their home in Acre and began to build their quarter in the city’s southwest section.

Here, at the western edge of the tunnel is where the main fortress of the Templar order was built. “The Templar Fortress was the strongest one in the city and, for the most part, it abutted the sea line. As a strong fortress, its entrance was protected by two powerful towers with 28-foot thick walls. Two smaller towers were built on either side of the towers, and each tower was topped by a gilded lion” (as described by a Templar who lived in Acre during the siege of 1291).

Source: Old Acre Development Company

The Tunnel

And now, let’s enter the tunnel.

Templars Tunnel in Old Acre
Inside Templars Tunnel in Old Acre

The length of the tunnel is 150 meters, and it connects the Templars fortress and the port.

While you are inside, you can watch a short movie (around ten minutes long) telling us about the tunnel and the city’s history.

Note: most of the tunnel is a regular walk, but you will have to squat in several places.

Templar Tunnel in Old Acre

Templars Tunnel was discovered by chance. In 1994, residents of a house above the tunnel complained about clogged sewerage. And when the plumber looked into it, he found the tunnel.

Note: Templars Tunnel is fully accessible.

Summary

Visiting the Templars Tunnel takes about half an hour. And it is a lovely attraction. But if you want to see the bigger picture, I would suggest combining it with Hospitaller Fortress (Knights` Halls). Moreover, there are additional sites in the city. You can see them in the Acre guide.

Have you ever been to the Templars Tunnel? Tell us in the comments below.

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

Stay Tuned!

   

Additional Resources

Here are several resources that I created to help travelers: And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.  
Did not find what you were looking for? Leave a comment below, and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Lev Tsimbler

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