Qal'at al-Bahrain, Manama

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Explore layers of ancient civilizations and the remains of fortresses guarding the harbor at Qal'at al-Bahrain, a World Heritage Site boasting 5,200 years of continuous settlement. Spread across an artificial hill covering 17.5 hectares (43 acres), the area features spectacular archeological findings. The most richly documented settlement here was the capital of the Dilmun civilization, after which the fort became an entrepôt of many subsequent ones, including Arabic, Portuguese, and Persian. A museum with five exhibition halls details the history of the place, displaying over 500 artifacts excavated from the site. Pick up an audio guide in English, and afterwards relax in the waterfront cafe. Plan trip to Manama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Hi arrived here about 20 mins before sundown and strolled all around the outside of the fort and then inside as sunset. The sun lit up the city skyline very nicely and also the artificial lighting ins...  more »
  • One of the few remaining historical sites, I enjoyed the visit. The place is smartly illuminated, so it is better to visit at sundown or in the early hours of the evening. I went at noon in the Fall a...  more »
  • The best time to visit this place-sunset. Come take a stroll at this particular time, get aesthetic pleasure.
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