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The Acre Citadel was a huge fortress located in the southern rich district of Acre, as well as the main residence of Richard I of England during the Third Crusade.


The citadel was essentially a small town that was heavily fortified against outside attacks, with huge walls and battlements. It contained the quarters of William of Montferrat, a Templar who governed the area whilst Richard was absent fighting the Saracens.[1]

In 1191, a team of Assassins were sent by their Mentor, Al-Mualim, to keep William inside of the Citadel.[2] Al-Mualim's team of Assassins eliminated Templar patrols,[3] Crusaders,[4] and William's personal bodyguard, Isembart. From him, they learned that William was planning an ambush for Altaïr Ibn-La'Ahad.[5] The team then disrupted the ambush,[6] allowing Altaïr to infiltrate the heavily guarded fortress, eliminate the archers patrolling its perimeter and then assassinate William.[1]

A couple of years later, Altaïr and Maria Thorpe met at the top of the citadel's tower, where they made love and subsequently conceived a son.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

The citadel is actually based on the real Templar's quarter and castle in Acre.[8]




  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's CreedAssassination (William of Montferrat)
  2. Assassin's Creed: RebellionThe Eagle's ShadowIllusory Words
  3. Assassin's Creed: Rebellion – The Eagle's ShadowWith Arms Open
  4. Assassin's Creed: Rebellion – The Eagle's ShadowDeadly Game
  5. Assassin's Creed: Rebellion – The Eagle's ShadowFighting Fair
  6. Assassin's Creed: Rebellion – The Eagle's ShadowThe Unseen Knife
  7. Assassin's Creed IIModern day
  8. The Historical Documentation of the Water Cisterns under the Jazzar Pasha Mosque in Acre by Bartosz Radojewski. Accessed 20 September 2021