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image by Ivan Sarajcic
Coat-of-arms adopted 30th October 1958
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 Akko as follows:
Akko (a.k.a Acre, Acco, 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 Akko (Acre). (...) Interesting to see so many flags around:
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
Mrs. Ilana Levy, Akko Municipality spokeswoman, wrote to me 8 November 2001 and beside sending me a desk flag (emblem on white, inconsistent with the light blue flag with municipal emblem), she made quite a research (my translation):
The official flag of the Municipality of Akko bears the municipal emblem on an azure (light blue) background. The emblem was approved in a meeting of city council in 1949 after a competition won by the artist Mrs. Miriam Kroli. The emblem is quartered and tries to reflect Akko with all its aspects and contrasts. In the upper right there is a ship symbolizing Akko as port city. In the upper left there are the buildings of the new city. On the bottom right there are the walls of the old city and bottom left there is a cogwheel symbolizing Akko's industrial zone which was established and started to develop.
Dov Gutterman, 13 November 2001
Akko is the first town in Israel to be named as world heritage
site by UNESCO in 2001 (see <whc.unesco.org>).
Beside Jerusalem, it is the site with the most varied history in
Israel. You can read about its history in English at <akko.org.il>,
and many other sites.
Emblem appear on a stamp issued 24 March 1965.
Dov Gutterman, 20 April 2005