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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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  • The nature and the remains of another era, we are at the edge of the sea, a great view, a telephoto lens, a small Museum (Nothing fancy), but the rest is breathtaking, a calm in the middle of the desert, he must love the nature and birds, present at the edge of the rocks.
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  • Few places in Oman, where you can admire the monuments of the ancient past. This is due to the lack of interest in the inhabitants of the periods of history from before the rise of Islam. The more each of these gems should be visually inspected.
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  • Is the ruins stand on steep cliffs formed by the Wadi. I don't know see signage is relatively preserved, how the city is well understood, but does not repair more than necessary, so where what was used. Ruins the Wadi and the sea is spectacular. It is not to be missed.
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