Market St. – Ramchal Synagogue

Market St. – Ramchal Synagogue

 

Market Street is the Old City's main route running from north to south. During the Crusader Period, this street led from the Hospitallers Gate in the north along the market route – or through Kings Way ("Via Regis") – all the way to the port.
Nowadays this route accommodates Old Acre's main market – a colorful range of stalls displaying fish, sweet oriental pastries as well as shops selling perfume and original spices.
The market is undergoing a restoration process, which includes the inner renovation of the shops, their facades and the market route.
 
There are two Jewish landmarks at the southern end of the market:
  • Chaim Parchi's Home – Ahmad al-Jazzar's Minister of Finance and right hand man during the 18th and 19th centuries in Acre. Parchi was born in Damascus to a rich family of merchants with excellent ties in Istanbul. 
     
  • The Ramchal Synagogue – From  the 16th to 18th centuries, the Jewish community had two synagogues in Acre: the Achav Synagogue and the Ramchal Synagogue named after the Rabbi known as the Ramchal who lived in Acre from 1743 to 1747. The Ramchal Synagogue was the larger and more elegant of the two. In 1758, the Bedouin ruler of Acre, Dahar el-Omar, took over the synagogue – which was one of the city's most impressive buildings – and built the el-Mualek Mosque on top of it. There are those who claim that the remnants of the original synagogue are still preserved beneath the mosque. As a substitute, the Jews were given a small, measly building north of the el-Mualek Mosque. The synagogue has recently been renovated and restored and it is open to the public at large.
 
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Visiting Hours

 
Summer:
Sun to Thu: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Fri and holiday eves: 9:30 am to 3 pm
 
Winter:
Sun to Thu: 9 am to 5 pm
Fri and holiday eves: 9 am to 2 pm
Closed on Saturday
 
The ticket office closes one hour before the site's closing time.