Stella Maris Light

'Carmel’ by Nizar M. Halloun © Attribution Non commercial Share Alike

Nizar M. Halloun | April 14, 2014 | Travel

Haïfa’s oldest residence, built on the edge of the stupendous Carmel Mount, is a villa raised by Abdullah Pasha of Acre in 1821 using the ruins of Stella Maris’ monastery which he destroyed. It was built as a summer residence for Abdullah’s pleasures and to defend the grounds against the return of the Carmelites. It was seized in 1947 by the terrorist organisation the Ha-Hagana, and is currently held by the Israeli Navy where  radar devices were implanted to scan the Mediterranean Sea. 

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