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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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  • It was a nice experience. I remember visiting it on a school trip 35 years ago. So when I recently went again, it was rebuilt in the way it was originally done but I wish there was some text about its...  more »
  • I found this to be the most interesting site to visit during my stay. It is of historical interest and I shot some interesting pictures of the old fortress facing the sea and the skyscrapers in the di...  more »
  • Even though it was very hot in the afternoon, I truly enjoyed my walk around the fort. Nice place to go jogging too, but not during summer. Ramadan timings are 8 am-2 pm if you want to go inside. Also...  more »