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Qal'at al-Bahrain, Manama

4.4
#2 of 11 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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  • This fort is the bigger than the Arad fort close to the airport. It is free but a bit far from the city. The view from there are astonishing. You can go around the fort to see how vast it is and then ...  more »
  • Exploring the fort was very nice. The only problem was they had a few stairs blocked off. The stair appears to lead to the top of the fort where the view would have been great. My son and granddaughte...  more »
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