In the steps of the Knights Templar: Ancient tunnels under Acre opened up as tourist sight

In the steps of the Knights Templar: Ancient tunnels under Acre opened up as tourist sight

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[Epoch Times] Hundreds of feet below the surface of the earth, hundreds of years ago, the Knights Templar—a Catholic military organization founded in the 12th century that went on crusades across Europe—built expansive tunnels to help their soldiers get around undetected in the Middle East.

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The secrets of their networks are still being uncovered, even to this day. While their castles have been used for generations, some of the tunnels they carved out underground are still left to be discovered down the line. Take, for example, the Knights Templar tunnels discovered under the modern-day Israeli city of Acre.

The tunnels built under the ancient streets went on for hundreds of miles, helping the Knights Templar get around without detection or battling the elements and enemies.

When the military was disbanded by King Philip IV of France in the 14th century, many of their secrets were temporarily lost to history—including the tunnel leading to the order’s crucial port in Acre from a fortress built within the city.

In 1994, though, a woman living in the city asked a plumber to come and help her figure out why her drains were getting so blocked up. And instead of discovering a minor disturbance, he instead unearthed the beginnings of wide, expansive tunnels built during the crusader era, leading from under her home all the way to the port!

This article continues at [Epoch Times] Amazing Knights Templar Tunnels Under Israeli City Unearthed After 700 Years

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