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. This 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. Map.
The Turkish Baths was built at the end of the 18th century by Governor of Acre, Jazzar Pasha. At first it was called “Hama al-Jadid” (the new Hamam), but its name was subsequently changed to Hamam al-Basha (the Pasha’s hamam), in honor of el-Jazzar. Map.
The Turkish bath’s construction was part of the transformation of Acre during the Ottoman Period from a small fishing village (primarily at the hands of al-Jazzar Pasha) into a teeming port city and a major construction and trade center.
During his reign, el-Jazzar strove to further the city in many and varied ways. Among his accomplishments is the aqueduct which led the well water to the city, the breakwater for safe docking at the port and major buildings such as the Khan el-Umdan – Acre’s largest mosque – his luxurious palace and of course, the Turkish bath.
|Prices in Shekels|
|Sites in Acre only|
|1||Combined ticket + Turkish Bath||62||54||49|
Sites in Acre + Rosh Hanikra
|6||Combined ticket + Turkish Bath + Rosh Hanikra||95||80||74|
|7||Combined ticket + Rosh Hanikra (including cable car)||73||62||59|
|8||Turkish bath + Rosh Hanikra (including cable car)||58||47||46|
Sites in Acre + the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum
|9||Combined ticket + Turkish bath + Yad Layeled, the Children’s Museum at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum||72||64||59|
|10||Combined ticket + Yad Layeled, the Children’s Museum at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum||50||46||44|
|11||Turkish bath + the Children’s Museum at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum||35||31||28|
Tickets between the blue and the green in Western Galilee –a Super ticket
|12||Combined ticket + Turkish bath + Yad Layeled, the Children’s Museum at the Ghetto Fighters’ House Museum||87||87||87|
|Acre + Haypark zoo|
|13||Hospitaller Fortress+ Okashi Museum+ Templar Tunnel+ Haypark zoo||66||66||66|
|14||Hospitaller Fortress+ Okashi Museum+ Templar Tunnel+ Haypark zoo+ Turkish Bath||87||87||87|
- Hospitaller Fortress (Knights’ Halls)
- The Okashi Museum
- The Templar Tunnel
- The ‘Treasures in the Walls’ Ethnographic Museum.
The mosque is located on the western side of the old city, close to the citadel. It is recognized by its tall green-tipped tower. The mosque was built over the Crusaders western tower, part of the fortress of the “Hospitallers” – the order of the Knights of the Hospital of Saint John fortress. Map.
The mosque is named after the residents of the southern city of Ashkeleon (Migdal-Ashkeleon or Migdal-Gaza) who transferred to the city in the 19th century and later built this mosque in their neighborhood. By the way, Majadele is also the name of the first Arab-Israeli minister, Raleb Majadele, who was appointed in 2007 to be the Minister of Science, Culture and Sport.