Bahrain Fort

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Bahrain Fort Museum Jan 03, 2012
The Bahrain Fort Museum houses an extensive collection about the items found in the fort and in the city (presumed to be the former capital of Dilmun) that surrounded it. The large hall has an exhibition on the several civilizations which left their marks at Bahrain Fort. Of special interest are the "snake bowls" which were offered to local deities. Although the museum looks quite big, the exhibition is rather small - you should plan 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your interests. There is also a smaller hall which often includes art exhibitions.

As of early 2012, the entry fee was 500 fils. At the museum, you can also hire an audioguide for the fort itself for further 500 fils (you will need an identification like a passport or national ID card for that). Entry to the tour itself is free, please see separate tip for more into on that. Walking from the city is not recommended, taxis are available for around 5 BHD. To get away from the museum, you will have to call for a taxi or arrange it via the reception desk of the museum as taxis in this area are hard to find.

Museum and fort a located in an usual neighbourhood. From the museum and the fort, you can have a look at some of the houses which have colorfoul murals.
Bahrain Fort Museum, Bahrain
Bahrain Fort Museum, Bahrain
Colourful Murals in the neighbourh…
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Bahrain Fort and Archaelogical Site Jan 03, 2012
"Qal`at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun" is the name of Bahrain's first UNESCO World heritage site. It is commonly known as Bahrain fort. There have been settlements in this area since at least 3000 BC, the first fort dates from around 2300 BC. Several civilizations have occupied this place until the 18th century. They left their traces in the fort and the city until the city was abandoned. Bahrain Fort reflects the history of Bahrain as no other site on the island (well, maybe with exception of the national museum, but that does it in another sense). At the time of my visit, archeological excavations were going on in the fort as well as in the archeological site of the former city.

As of early 2012, entry for the fort itself and the archeological site is free. An audioguide can be hired at the reception desk of the neighbouring museum for 500 fils (you will need an identification like passport or national ID card for that). This audioguide is highly recommended as the information is really good and there is no information in the fort itself. The entry for the museum is 500 fils, see separate tip for more information on that. Walking from the city is not recommended, taxis are available for around 5 BHD. To get away from the museum, you will have to call for a taxi or arrange it via the reception desk of the museum as taxis in this area are hard to find.

Directions: Northwest to central Manama, around ten minutes away by car/taxi from Bab Al Bahrain (depending on traffic, of course...) "Qal`at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun" is the name of Bahrain's first UNESCO World heritage site. It is commonly known as Bahrain fort. There have been settlements in this area since at least 3000 BC, the first fort dates from around 2300 BC. Several civilizations have occupied this place until the 18th century. They left their traces in the fort and the city until the city was abandoned. Bahrain Fort reflects the history of Bahrain as no other site on the island (well, maybe with exception of the national museum, but that does it in another sense). At the time of my visit, archeological excavations were going on in the fort as well as in the archeological site of the former city.

As of early 2012, entry for the fort itself and the archeological site is free. An audioguide can be hired at the reception desk of the neighbouring museum for 500 fils (you will need an identification like passport or national ID card for that). This audioguide is highly recommended as the information is really good and there is no information in the fort itself. The entry for the museum is 500 fils, see separate tip for more information on that. Walking from the city is not recommended, taxis are available for around 5 BHD. To get away from the museum, you will have to call for a taxi or arrange it via the reception desk of the museum as taxis in this area are hard to find.

Directions: Northwest to central Manama, around ten minutes away by car/taxi from Bab Al Bahrain (depending on traffic, of course...)
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Bahrain Fort Mar 03, 2009
Recently appointed a world heritage site, Bahrain fort is a late mediaval castle on the site of the capital of Dilmun, a civilisation that predates the old testament. That makes it very, very interesting. At the moment, there is not much in the way of explanatory signs or audio tours. In some ways, it would be nice to have those things, because I had no idea (for example) what the grooves in the floor were or why some rooms were shaped like giant beehives. But there is a lot to be said for not having to battle past groups of tourists huddled round audio points and blocking your view of the thing that they are in front of, and somehow not actually looking at. In fairness, there are also indications that they might be developing the information side too.

The fort is golden coloured and beuatiful. There are great views of the distant skyscrapers of Manama, and it's next to the sea so there was a lovely breeze.

There is a visitors centre, but we kind of went in a back way and missed it.

I would definately recommend a trip here.
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