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Qal'at al-Bahrain, Manama

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#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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  • A historic fortress built by the Portuguese on the ruins of an ancient castle that existed before it, on the coast of the Karababad region and there is a museum (registered with UNESCO) with a café on the beach and advised to watch the sunset, surrounded by a walkway to practice sports.. Nearby there are activities such as horseback riding and toys for children
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  • This is such a wonderful piece of history. Good to get the audio guide from the museum. Can walk around after dark and see three lovely lighting on the outside. The sound and light show during winter ...  more »
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