The archway at the Fort

Fort1.JPGKnown as Dilmun in ancient times, Bahrain’s rich trading history is reflected in numerous archaeological digs around the island. Qalat al-Bahrain site (Bahrain Fort site) is among the most exciting of them and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is located atop a 17.5 hectare artificial hill that has been built while enduring over 4,000 years of continuous occupation. It is also the site of the former capital of Dilmun and is one of the most prolific archaeological digs in the Arabian Gulf. Excavations over the past 50 years have revealed residential, public, commercial, and military structures that testify to the importance of that location over the centuries. Open to the public since 2008, the site museum display area consists of 5 exhibition halls organized around the massive Tell Wall with over 500 artifacts showcased and many interesting layers of its historical legacy have been revealed which is further highlighted with the use of an audio guide available to visitors.

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  1. arv! says:

    This fort looks interesting! Was Bahrain a major trading port in ancient times?

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    1. Bahrain was once used by the Portuguese as their base and was a major transit point for traffic from Europe to India

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      1. arv! says:

        Never knew about this piece of history pertaining to Bahrain. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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