Baha’u’llah entered Akka on 31 August 1868 through the sea gate, which can be seen left of center along the sea wall. This photo, from 1920, shows what the sea gate would have looked like at the time of Baha’u’llah’s arrival, with water running directly to the wall. Today, this area along the old sea wall is a paved promenade.
This undated photo shows the inside of the sea gate with the wall broken. It was through this gate that Baha’u’llah entered Akka on 31 August 1868. Crowds assembled near the sea gate to jeer and mock Him and His companions.
This recent photo shows the outside of the sea gate. The door is a replica of the original.
A restored section of the original sea gate is on display in the old city of Akka.
The building of the police station, where Baha’u’llah was first taken to be held in Akka on 31 August 1868, is now a coffee shop. The original structure was two stories. Two additional features can be seen in this photo: a third floor on top and a one-story extension at the end of the building.
This 1921 photo shows Akka from the west, before the present-day harbor was built.
This photo from 1907 shows the barracks where Baha’u’llah and His companions were taken after arriving in Akka on 31 August 1868.
The prison where Baha’u’llah spent two years, two months, and five days was a military barracks. In this recent photo, the two windows farthest to the right of the top level show the room that Baha’u’llah occupied.
This 1921 photo shows the prison cell to which Baha’u’llah was taken after the insistence of His daughter, Bahiyyih Khanum. He lived in this cell for more than two years.
This photo, taken around 1900, shows the view from inside the prison quarters, looking north to the plain of Akka.
This photo, taken around 1900, shows prison guards in front of the barracks, where Baha’u’llah was taken as a prisoner on 31 August 1868.
This recent photo shows the staircase leading to the prison quarters where Baha’u’llah and His companions were kept for more than two years. A group of Baha’is are leaving after a visit to the site.
This drawing from a book published in 1891 shows Akka from the north. The large dome and tower in the back right are the Al-Jazzar Mosque, where the decree of the Sultan banishing Baha’u’llah to Akka was read out. (Source: C. Geikie, The Holy Land and the Bible)
This drawing from a book published in 1880 shows the land gate of Akka, the arched doorway right of center. Baha’u’llah left the prison city through this gate in 1877. (Source: C. Wilson, Picturesque Palestine Sinai and Egypt)
This 1921 photo shows the land gate from inside the old city of Akka. When He eventually left the confines of the city in 1877, Baha’u’llah left through this gate.