Sumhuram Old City, Salalah

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#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Dhofar Governorate
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. With our online itinerary creator, Salalah attractions like Sumhuram Old City can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The visit took place in the afternoon, something bearable during this heat. Overall a spectacular excavation with great views of the former port. The connected Museum is worth a visit in any case. This was every Memorial entry value
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  • One of the few attractions that are well worth seeing. The ruins are perched on the Hill (unfortunately not original and completely reconstructed) but from there you can enjoy an amazing view on the "fjord" below. The combination of colors between the blue sea and the fjord, the green grass and the yellow of the desert is amazing.
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  • A great place to get a touch of past civilization. Could tap the indiana jones inside you visiting the site  more »
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