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Qalat al Bahrain, Manama

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Explore layers of ancient civilizations and the remains of fortresses guarding the harbor at Qalat 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. See Qalat al Bahrain and all Manama has to offer by arranging your trip with our Manama trip itinerary builder.
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  • The Fort is located just outside of Manama, was part of a city of Dilmunkultur with city walls and large house plants. Admission is free. On a trail there are detailed explanations with regard to the Fort, visit the adjacent Museum is subject to a charge (2BHD)
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  • We have spent many wonderful mornings and early evenings walking around the Fort, dreaming about days gone. Amazing piece of history that effectively conveys the past. Kids will enjoy it.  more »
  • Very nicely lit and the surrounding walkways are nice for day time or evening strolls with family or friends or even alone.  more »