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Qalat al Bahrain, Manama

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#2 of 9 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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  • Bahrain port well worth a visit. It would cost you 3-4 donars from Manama by taxi. You do not have to pay any entrance fee. The excavations held in XX century showed that Bahrain island is inhabited f...  more »
  • Good place for a walk with kids. Well maintained and clean. The beach near by was not as good as expected.  more »
  • This is know for Local as "Qalat Al Bortoghal" meaning: "Portuguese castle", in the night whenever the weather is pleasant, you can relax by walking around it in a romantic atmosphere.  more »
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