The Kingdom of Bahrain might be a small monarchy, but it is in a place of ancient historical wonders, and there are only a few places as significant as the Qal’at al-Bahrain.
The Qal’at al-Bahrain, which means the Fort of Bahrain, is an archaeological site that gained significant attention ever since 1954 since it was the heart of an ancient civilisation that thrived as far back as 2300BC. It was considered a sacred site at the time, described as the ‘land of immortality’ and a ‘meeting point of gods’.
Researchers have discovered that this place was occupied continually for a period of around five-thousand years, which is remarkable. Many civilisations have occupied the site, including the Kassites, Greeks, Portuguese and Persians.
The Fort and Tell
These are the two most significant attributes of the site. The ‘tell’ in particular is quite famous since it is a massive artificial mound that has been created due to millennia of human habitation. The fort is also massive, and a significant portion of it is still intact, allowing a thorough glimpse into an ancient world.
There were many ancient items discovered at Qal’at al-Bahrain, including various pots and utensils for cooking, various crucibles for the melting of metal and cuneiform scripts. If you’re staying at one of the Bahrain serviced apartments located in the vicinity, such as Somerset Al Fateh Bahrain, a trip to the fort is highly recommended.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+