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Municipality of Acre (Israel)

Iriyat Acco, Acca

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[Municipality of Acre (Israel)] ~3:1
by Ivan Sarajcic
Coat-of-arms adopted 30th October 1958

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Unusually this city uses banners. Either vertical national flags or vertical city logo on azure bedsheet. Both look like 1:3. Under the emblem is the city name in Hebrew. Over the emblem is its name in English and Arabic (Acca). The emblem represents Acco as follows:

  • Top left: Palms - a lot of them around and in the city. Walls - Acco old town is surrounded by them
  • Top right: Old ship - to symbolize Acco's position as the main port in the area.
  • Bottom left: Today's industry and progress.
  • Bottom right: Walls and sea - Acco's geographical position and its past.

Acco (a.k.a Acre, Akko, Acca) is a city in the north part of Israel on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, 20 km North of Haifa. Acco is one of the ancient towns in Israel, and was one of the main ports. Acco was the last capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Today Acco is quite a small town of about 45,000 inhabitans and its port is used as a resort and for yachts.

Dov Gutterman, 18 May 1999

Yesterday I escorted a visitor in the city of Acco (Acre). (...) Interesting to see so many flags around:

  1. Acco municipal flag (illustrated above): it is a flying and not a hanging flag. I also observed one horizontal variant.
  2. Acco Developing Company (a joint governmental and municipal company for developing and preservation of the hustoric part of the city): the usual white emblem on blue.
  3. All the Islamic institutes (mosques, holy graves etc...) hoisted a 1:2 light green flag with white Shahada. Quite reminding of the Saudi flag but without the swords and with lighter shade of green.
  4. St. John church hoisted a 2:3 white flag with 5 crosses, quite resembling to this one but the main cross got smaller, almost invisible ends and no periferial line around it. Also the main cross and the smaller crosses were less bold than those in that image.
  5. The Greek Orthodox Church hoisted three flags. On one pole there was the unofficial Greek variant and below it the Greek Orthodox Church flag and on the other pole there was a red St. George cross on white and in the center of the cross there was the symbol of two combined Greek letters (alpha and omega?).

Dov Gutterman, 6 July 2001

The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot), YP 631, 30 October 1958.

Dov Gutterman, 4 September 2001