The Qal'at al-Bahrain (Arabic: قلعة البحرين; Portuguese: Forte de Barém), also known as the Bahrain Fort or Portuguese Fort, is an archaeological site located in Bahrain. Archaeological excavations carried out since 1954 have unearthed antiquities from an artificial mound of 12 m (39 ft) height containing seven stratified layers, created by various occupants from 2300 BC up to the 18th century, including Kassites, Greeks, Portuguese and Persians. It was once the capital of the Dilmun civilization and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.
The fort and the tell Qal'at al-Bahrain is built on, are located on the Bahrain island, on the northern seashore. On a clear day it is also seen from Saar. It stands like a "sentinel" near Manama, the capital of Bahrain; it is 6 km (4 mi) away from Manama on the fertile north coast. The tell is the largest in the Persian Gulf region and was built close to the port and by reclamation of seashore land.
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Hussain Al-Khalaf | Feb 12, 2018
Very nice place, great for walking, running or even just sitting there. There's two issues there: 1. the walking distance marks are gone.. 2. At night some flood lights are very bright and faces a lot of people walking there.
NAJIB H | Feb 17, 2018
Beautiful coastal fort. A must visit site for people travelling to Bahrain or for the expat community. Visit the museum to collect the headphones which will guide you through the fort tour. The fort is built up on an area of 17 hectares.
Sania Younus | Jan 20, 2018
A very nice place to visit if you're up for hiking 😃 the olace is near beach. So it can be a complete picnic package. You can enjoy at the beach first and then you can visit the fort near the sunset time. The view is amazing which comes even more amazing in the pictures 😉 the fort is not recommended for very young kids as it's rocky and there's a lot of climbing. Make sure to bring food and specially water with you.
Syed Rehan Quadri | Jan 26, 2018
A very calm and quiet place in Bahrain, it's a big fort u can enjoy the beauty at evening time, the whole fort is emerged with lighting system beside it there is a sea which makes it more beautiful. No entry fees. Goods space for children to play.
Glen Padiyar | Feb 16, 2018
Nice history. Don’t forget to visit the museum first & collect the history telling device. Good information available in different languages too.
Ali Al-Khuzaei | Apr 1, 2018
Nice place to visit specially if you are interested in history. The surroundings are nice also and there is a small coffee shop near by. Personally, I liked the view more in the evening with the lighting effect around the fort.
christine Hassan | Mar 11, 2018
It has and always has had, a magical quality to it. Steeped in history , yet peaceful and relaxing. Lovely museum and cafe close by.
NIKHIL DEVADIGA | Mar 31, 2018
Let your mind drift hundreds of years back in time as you stroll through this amazing Fort built by the Portuguese. It is in excellent condition and it is worth coming close to sunset as you will have unique opportunities to take great pictures.
Josh Garrett | Apr 10, 2018
The fort is well curated for learning about the history of Bahrain and it’s people. Definitely worth the visit since the country doesn’t have so many features like this. Make sure to walk down by the shore and hit up the little museum and coffee shop as well. I wish Bahrain had more places along the water like this.
Steve Dixon | May 1, 2018
Beautiful historical site. Current archaeological digging going on. Really interesting. Great cafe and drinks. Museum closed on Mondays although fort us open.
Ross Martin | Apr 28, 2018
A must go to place for tourist and anyone in Bahrain really, although for tourist there is not really much information for them about what the place is, who used to really occupy the settlement it lacks a lot of heritage information for them. The best time in my opinion is to at night time when the fort is lit up with lights, it looks really nice to take a walk around the outside of it and then stop for a coffee and relax at the bottom
Jennifer Heaton | May 11, 2018
It is so well kept and clean We went on a school trip and it was lovely. We were able to go inside the fort and learn a lot about life before. A great piece of history.
Paul Dossor | May 10, 2018
great old fort to run around and discover. used to go there with the kids for the an hour of two to burn off energy and have a coffee and drink at the nearby museum. good to walk around the perimeter as it well restored.
Ali Al-Hassan | Jul 6, 2018
This place is amazing, you can’t go wrong with history if it’s kept and maintained like this every time you visit this place, you live the moment, and you learn something new. This place still alive and awesome, I highly recommend for all those people who visit with her and spend some time here. Take your kids and take your love ones. And if it’s happened that your visit to during the winter try to go there before sunset
sinoj sebastian | Jun 24, 2018
Nice place to hangout. Must see place for Bahrain tourist. Check out the museum near by too. It tells lot about the history of Bahrain. More related details can be found in National Museum too. First go to Museum and them go to Fort in the evening, before sunset. Nice view all around.
Lena Ko | Jul 17, 2018
An interesting walk through history. Try to go in the cooler months as the fort is much too hot for summer!
Oz Oz | Jun 18, 2018
Nice place of history left as it was. Situated near the beach. Parking is available so you get 2 in one. It will take you some time to get around this fort if you want to do a tour and get to the top. Be careful its windy. Very nice. It seems small from far away, but get close and you will see how big this fort actually is.
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