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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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  • This place is definitely worth checking out! It only costs 2 riyal to get in. I suggest checking out the museum side first as it explains some of the things you'll see. I went in the opposite order an...  more »
  • This is one place in Salalah which i found can be given a skip. Except for the fact that the city is of old type against the other parts of Salalah, there is nothing special about this place. If you a...  more »
  • It is a remainings of old city used to be an important port a 1000 years BC. It is amazing how they organize the city during that time. Along with the city therr is a small museum gives more details a...  more »