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Qal'at al-Bahrain, Manama

4.4
#2 of 12 in Historic Sites in Bahrain
Explore layers of ancient civilizations and the remains of fortresses guarding the harbor at Qal'at al-Bahrain, a World Heritage Site boasting 5,200 years of continuous settlement. Spread across an artificial hill covering 17.5 hectares (43 acres), the area features spectacular archeological findings. The most richly documented settlement here was the capital of the Dilmun civilization, after which the fort became an entrepôt of many subsequent ones, including Arabic, Portuguese, and Persian. A museum with five exhibition halls details the history of the place, displaying over 500 artifacts excavated from the site. Pick up an audio guide in English, and afterwards relax in the waterfront cafe. Plan trip to Manama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • Free entrance and very few visitors. Worth of visiting since there aren’t many places of historical significance in Bahrain, maybe the best time to visit is late afternoon because of the heat. You can...  more »
  • It was similar to the forts in Muscat (Oman) and Kish island (Iran). it is part of the UNESCO and under heavy maintenance. Worth visiting.  more »
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