The Turkish Bazaar

The Turkish Bazaar

 

Acre was completely deserted for a period of 450 years, ever since 1291 when the Crusaders were banished from the city. Following this period, a new city was built on top of the remains of the Crusader City. The building project was initiated by Bedouin ruler Daher el-Omar (1750-1775), who established an independent kingdom in the Galilee and made Acre its capital. He renovated the city walls, cleaned the port and built his private palace in the city.
 
In 1775, the City of Acre was besieged by an Egyptian Ottoman officer by the name of Ahmed al-Jazzar, who executed Daher el-Omar as a rebel against the Ottoman regime. Ahmed al-Jazzar pursued Daher el-Omar's endeavor and established Acre as the main commercial city of the entire region. It was during this period that numerous mosques, bathhouses (hamams), khans and bazaars were built to serve the city's citizens.
 
The Turkish Bazaar was built in the late 18th century as a municipal market serving the local population. The market was deserted in 1948 when the Old City was captured by the IDF and recently opened as craft and miniature art bazaar. The bazaar now features small shops specializing in the sale of souvenirs and tourist artifacts.
 

 

Business Hours

The bazaar is open all week long until 6 pm. During the festival season, it is open to the buying public until later.