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The Historical Bahrain Fort

I was in Manama (Bahrain) for three days and two nights—and the whole time I was there, it rained. It did stop a few times during the day but it’s murky cloudy and then rain showers would come back and forth. I didn’t really explored the city much, except visiting the old Bahrain Fort, hiring a taxi to King Fahd Causeway and walking around Old Manama where I was billeted at Delmon International Hotel.

Travel Tips: 
The best way to get to Bahrain Fort is via a taxi. Agree on the fare first before getting on. It’s 10-15 minutes from downtown. There’s no public transport that goes there. In fact, part of the road going there is unpaved. You can explore The Fort on your own. It’s free. Really, it’s free! Just make sure to tell the taxi driver to wait for you because it’s going to be hard to get one when you’re done.

Bahrain Fort is also known as Qal ‘at al-Bahrain in Arabic. 

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

It was built by the Portuguese. 

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

In fact, it was previously called Portugal Fort. 

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

Like any other forts around the world, it was built to protect the city from the enemies. 

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

The Fort is facing the Arabian Peninsula. 

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

And from here, you’ll see the sweeping view of Bahrain’s modern skyline

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

What makes this fort impressive is that it wasn’t just used as a military post but it has traces of being used for residential, commercial and religious purposes. 

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country's historical past.

Bahrain Fort is your window to the country’s historical past.

And believe it or not, only 25% of this site has been excavated yet—which means that there’s still a lot more to discover under. 

Qal-at al-Bahrain is your window to the country's historical past.

Qal-at al-Bahrain is your window to the country’s historical past.

If you’re familiar with history, this fort was once the capital of Dilmun civilization, in which, according to the Epic of Gilgamesh, is the “land of immortality.”

Qal-at al-Bahrain is your window to the country's historical past.

Qal-at al-Bahrain is your window to the country’s historical past.

It’s here where the ancient Sumerians resided.

Qal-at al-Bahrain is your window to the country's historical past.

Qal-at al-Bahrain is your window to the country’s historical past.

Bahrain Fort is the first and one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the tiny island-nation.

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