In 1994 An Israeli Woman Uncovered A 1,000-Foot-Long Passage When She Had Trouble With Her Drains

Image: Geagea via The Vintage News

It’s the time of the Crusades, and Christian forces in Acre are all too aware that an attack from Muslim armies may be just around the corner. There are certainly no guarantees that the Christians will hold onto the Israeli city, either, despite the fortifications they have built up. So, one of the Crusaders’ military orders, the Knights Templar, decide to build themselves a secret escape: a passage beneath the bowels of Acre that leads in turn to the ocean. And the tunnel itself is so well concealed that it ultimately remains undiscovered for 700 years…

Before we dive into the unearthing of the subterranean passage, however, let’s turn first to the Crusades themselves. As many know, these conflicts were largely motivated by religion, with western European Christians pitting themselves against Jews and Muslims from the Middle East in a bid to wrest command of the Holy Land. Millions ultimately died as a result of the bloodshed, and a number of settlements were utterly decimated in the process.

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