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Qalat al Bahrain, Manama

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Bahrain
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. Plan trip to Manama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • October 3, 2017
    It's a nice place to visit since there were not too many tourist attractions in Bahrain. GPS was very useful in locating this place, even though it's just a few miles away from The World Trade Center ...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    This is a must visit while being in Bahrain. As recommended by other travelers we went after 5 PM right around sunset time in September. Around that time and early evening is when the fort really come...  more »
  • September 24, 2017
    I like to go this place in the afternoons say at 4.30 pm just to see the old fort where the history tells that the Portuguese have fought with the Bahrainis in this place. Old ruins still remain prese...  more »

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