The Historical Bahrain Fort – Land of Immortality

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 explore 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.

The Portuguese built this fort.

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

In fact, before its current name, they called Portugal Fort. 

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

Like any other forts around the world, this fort was also 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. 

The Land of Immortality (Manama)
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

Things to do in Manama
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. 

Things to do in Manama Qal-at-Bahraini
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. 

Things to do in Manama Qal-at-Bahrain
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.”

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

It’s here where the ancient Sumerians resided.

Things to do in Manama
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.

Hotel in Manama

Bahrain is not a pedestrian-friendly city. So, to maximize your time, I would suggest that you stay in the Old Manama area. Delmon International Hotel is right on a busy street full of shops of all sorts, restaurants, and cafes. Bahrain’s most famous gold market is just right across the street. Many of the cultural things you want to do/see in the city are here. The hotel has its own swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and a massage place.

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