Sumhuram Old City, Salalah

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Creating a picturesque scene, the off-white ruins of Sumhuram Old City sit atop a small hill, once enclosed by limestone walls and overlooking the Wadi Darbat River. The city was a major port in its heyday, but was abandoned 500-600 years after its founding in the the first century. Passing through a small gateway into the surprisingly dense city ruins, you’ll come across inscriptions about the city's founding in ancient Arabic, along with what remains of the city's commercial, religious, and residential districts. Visit the nearby museum for information on frankincense and the area's ancient trade routes. Arrange to visit Sumhuram Old City and other attractions in Salalah using our Salalah trip builder.
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  • August 16, 2017
    About half an hour outside Salalah toward Mirbat in a khor, or inlet. There's a museum nearby that makes for an interesting browse, but not nearly as captivating as Al Baleed. Good for walking, though...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    It is a fortified city that has been rebuilt somewhere. Worth seeing it and the surrounding environment. If you have time it is recommended to see the incoming of sea water.
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  • July 13, 2017
    You should really visit the Museum. Simply and with many images will show how the old city must have looked. The archaeological site was interesting but there are actually only as the floor plans, on which the foundation walls were rebuilt. The environment, nature, fascinated us instead. Although the walk through the old town had been appealing. I would recommend a visit only in the late afternoon as the shady areas are very low. Almost the whole area for themselves alone what is for later hours, but raised a wonderful spell with us the silence, the distance that has water, touched quite us. As to recommend change to beach life.
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