Sentinel

Arad FortThis picture of Bahrain’s Arad Fort shows how much development has taken place in the last couple of decades.
Now surrounded by large areas of heavy population, even until a decade ago, the fort ‘stood out’ with nothing around it for miles.
One could then get a clear shot of the majestic structure and could wade in the nearby waters’s which, during high tide, nearly came up to where the fort entrance now is.
Not any more. Like everything else, this, too, has been overtaken by population growth and sill soon perhaps disappear in the rapidly-expanding urban jungle.
Arad Fort is was built in the 15th century in Arad, Bahrain. It was built in the typical style of Islamic forts during those times, before the Portuguese invasion of Bahrain in 1622 A.D.
This was one of the compact defensive forts in Bahrain. In its present location, it overlooks various sea passages of Muharraq’s shallow seashores. In the past, there was an inaccessible marine channel, which was controlled by the local people to prevent ships from breaking through to the island where the fort is located.
The fort is square and on every corner there is a cylindrical tower. It is surrounded by a small trench, which used to be filled with water from wells that were drilled especially for this purpose. In every corner of the upper wall of the fort there are nose shaped openings for marksmen.
Close to the Bahrain International Airport, the fort has been extensively renovated and is illuminated at night. Traditional materials have been used in the renovation and maintenance of the fort after making extensive analysis of the original materials such as sea stones, lime, sand, and palm trunks
No cement or any other materials which are not in harmony with the historical building or which reduce its historical value have been used.
Due to its strategic location overlooking various sea passages of Muharraq Island, the Fort was used as a defensive fortress throughout history, from the time Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century to the reign of Shaikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa in the 19th century.
It was most recently restored in the 1980s, a process which took three years.
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It is believed that the fort was used by the Omanis during their brief occupation of Bahrain in 1800, and it is located adjacent to the strategic waterways between Bahrain Island and Muharraq Island.
Little is known of the fort’s history, and there is no firm evidence of the precise date of construction, but comprehensive excavations have been undertaken in order to discover its past.

One Comment Add yours

  1. Neethu says:

    Looks majestic.. 👌👌👍

    Liked by 1 person

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