Al-Jazzar Mosque, Acre

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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 .HistoryThe el-Jazzar Mosque was the project of its namesake, Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar, the Acre-based governor of the Sidon and Damascus provinces, who was equally famous for his cruelty, impressive public works, and defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Siege of Acre in 1799. El-Jazzar ordered the mosque's construction in 1781 and had it completed within the year. Despite lacking architectural training, el-Jazzar was the architect of the mosque, drawing up its plans and design, and supervising its entire construction. In addition to the mosque itself, the complex included an Islamic theological academy with student lodging, an Islamic court and a public library. The mosque was built for religious purposes, but its grandiose size and additional functions were also intended by el-Jazzar to serve as a means of consolidating his political legitimacy as ruler of Syria. He modeled the mosque on the mosques of Istanbul, the Ottoman capital. The el-Jazzar Mosque was built over former Muslim and Christian prayer houses and other Crusader buildings. Building materials for the mosque, particularly its marble and granite components, were taken from the ancient ruins of Caesarea, Atlit and medieval Acre. El-Jazzar commissioned several Greek masons as the mosque's builders. There is a tughra or monogram on a marble disc inside the gate, naming the ruling Sultan, his father, and bearing the legend "ever-victorious". Use our Acre vacation planning site to visit Al-Jazzar Mosque on your trip to Acre, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Al-Jazzar Mosque, known in Arabic Jama El-Basha (the Pasha's Mosque), is named after the Ottoman Bosnian governor Ahmad Pasha el-Jazzar ("the Butcher"), the Acre based Ottoman governor of Sidon from 1...  more »
  • During a walk through the old city of Acre, came upon a mosque. I decided to come in and see how organized it was. For the first time in my life I visited the mosque. Interesting!
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  • Akko is one of the world´s oldest city therefore, if you happen to be in Israel, a visit to this stunning place is a must! The town has an Arabic looking, with the majority of the inhabitants being of Arabic culture. This spectacular Mosque is very recognizable, since its tower sticks out from the old town skyline. To enter you gotta pay a little fee of 2€. Once inside there´s an option to hire a guide that will explain you everything you need to know about this amazing piece of art.
  • Beautiful mosque that is an important piece of history. Don't expect to see an architecturally superior mosque, but the location is what makes this mosque beautiful. Just by the water where you can catch a breeze, this is a place where you will be at ease and content. Tip: you cannot enter if you are wearing shorts. And for women, you must wear a headscarf to enter the courtyard.
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