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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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  • Not much real information. There was also an entire excavation team there so I wasn't really sure where I was supposed to walk. Not many signs. The museum is a bit disappointing as well. That being sa...  more »
  • hi we absolutely enjoyed the visit, not only did we walked through the archaeological site but loved the view, looked at the restaured boat and watched flamingoes in the lagune!  more »
  • A fairly "new" discovery, but to illustrate the history of the region. Place cool, not so much because of the building, which in the view of the sea. Cute Bay, really nice views.
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