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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 site of one of the ancient cities of the frankincense trade, which shows the extent of its commercial success, situated in a beautiful wadi. 
  • Sumhuran founded in the 1 century BC on the East Bank of the Khor Rouri was to the incense trade.. The restorations are since 2006 until today in full swing. Excavations are inscriptions in an old South-Arabischschrift, bronze coins and Greek amphorae discovered (museum in Salalah) from the port city was transported the incense. Very interresting!
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  • They must have dine quite a bit of reconstruczion here but the vistas from the ruins are awesome. If you continue to drive past the ruins and the visitors center you'll find a serene beach. Entry fee ...  more »