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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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  • Walking around in 110°F isn't the most enjoyable experience no matter how great the Fort. But I'm sure in cooler months, this is one of the few places in Bahrain I'd recommend going. Of the Forts on t...  more »
  • Impressive and beautiful place to visit, visitor friendly with signs and directions. Considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. Surrounding area does not reflect the true value and identity o...  more »
  • The Qal'at al-Bahrain is also known as the Bahrain Fort. it is an old Portugal Fort. You can learn about the history of Bahrain and spend an evening.  more »

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