Stroll around Bahrain’s heritage sites


With a history that goes back thousands of years, Bahrain has several heritage sites that give us a glimpse of its past. The Bahrain Fort or Qalat al-Bahrain is among the most prominent ones. Registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is around 5,000 years old and was perhaps the capital of the Dilmun civilisation. Several years later, the Portuguese built a fort around it. If you wish to take a break from your explorations, unwind by the seaside café at the fort and soak up stunning views of the surrounding palm groves.

Another noteworthy historic site is the Ancient Burial Mounds between Hamad Town and A’ali. Considered to be one of the largest graveyards in the world with 170,000 mounds, it predates the Egyptian pyramids by a good 500 years and contains the remains of Dilmunite royal families.

But if royal residences intrigue you, then Sheikh Isa bin Ali House is a must visit. Located in Muharraq, this was once the home of Bahrain’s ruler between 1869 and 1932. Featuring 19th-century architecture of the Gulf region, the walls are covered in intricate Islamic bas-relief.

Bahrain also has several ancient religious sites. Constructed around 692 AD, the Al-Khamis Mosque is one of the oldest relics of Islam. You will even come across a 200-year-old Hindu Temple near the Manama Souk and several churches, cathedrals and a synagogue all within a square kilometre radius.

History buffs may also visit Bahrain National Museum, where they can embark on a 4,000-year journey into the past through artefacts, excavated material, manuscripts and more. Not only does the museum enhance the knowledge of Bahrain’s history, but it is also an institution that promotes global culture. Before you leave, don’t forget to dig into a traditional Bahraini fare at the museum cafeteria.