The Old City of Akko was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization).
In its decision, UNESCO emphasized the following criteria:
1) The Old City is exceptional in the manner in which significant remains of Crusader structures are preserved beneath the Moslem Ottoman city that itself dates from the 18th and 19th century.
2) The remains from the Crusader period in the Old City, which are on and below the level of todays living city, provide an extraordinary picture of the urban structure and organization of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem of the Middle Ages.
3) The present-day Old City is an outstanding example of a walled Ottoman city that includes the typical functional urban structures such as a fortress, mosques, inns (khans), and a preserved bathhouse, built upon the remains of Crusader structures.
The visitor to this website will find a great amount of information about the varied aspects of Akko and its cultural treasures.