Exploring Bahrain’s rich heritage and culture

From World Heritage Sites to Forts & Palaces
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Exploring Bahrain’s rich heritage and culture

Visitors can spend their days in Bahrain exploring the rich offerings of this destination

Though tiny, Bahrain has a rich heritage dating back to several millennia and which is definitely worth a look-see by the tourists inclined towards discovering foreign culture.
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The tiny Gulf island of Bahrain is immersed in history offering a wealth of heritage sites just waiting to be discovered. Despite modernisation and cosmopolitanism, Arabic culture is still deeply rooted in the roots of this destination. It is one of the friendliest countries in the world, with a level of hospitality second to none.

Visitors can spend their days in Bahrain exploring the rich offerings of this destination. You should start your explorations with the UNESCO world heritage sites of Bahrain. One is Dilmun burial mounds which dominate the landscape north of the island. Another one is Qal’at al-Bahrain, also known as Bahrain Fort, is a sandy yellow fortress and by far the oldest intact building on the island. It is a small slice of mediaeval history in an ever-evolving nation.

Despite modernisation and cosmopolitanism, Arabic culture is still deeply rooted in the roots of Bahrain

This heritage site comprises of four elements – the tell, an ancient sea tower, a sea channel and palm groves. Third we have the Muharraq pearling path, which is a testimony of the millennia-old pearl collecting tradition. This path encompasses 330,000 sqm, including oyster beds and buildings related to the 19th century pearl industry. The houses along the trail are those of wealthy merchants during that era. Many of which have now been restored and converted into museums, libraries and auditoriums to showcase the pearling story to tourists.

Having visited the pearling path, tourists can head on over to the Bahrain National Museum, which is a short distance away. It is the keeper of Bahrain’s 5,000 years of history and is an absolute must for anyone interested in the archipelago’s past.

Bahrain is home to numerous magnificent forts

There are numerous magnificent forts in Bahrain, but aside from the Bahrain Fort, the Arad Fort, which was constructed in the 15th century and is in the traditional Arabic style, is one that tourists should never miss visiting. It is one of the most significant fortified castles in the Middle East. With its sand-coloured walls and tall turrets, the fort is impressive during the day, but at night, when spot lights are used to illuminate the walls, it truly comes to life. Riffa Fort has distinctive architecture and finely carved details that are exclusive to Bahrain.

Al Fateh Grand Mosque is the most famous mosque in the Kingdom

Al Fateh Grand Mosque is another magnificent attraction that tourists should visit. It is the most famous mosque in the Kingdom, and one of the world’s largest. It cannot be missed when are in Juffair. The enormous dome atop the main prayer structure is the biggest dome in the world and is built completely of fiberglass. The building can comfortably hold 7,000 worshippers at any time and is also the site of Bahrain’s National Library. The library houses over 50,000 volumes of books in English and Arabic.

Bab Al Bahrain is Bahrain’s most famous attraction and its translation means “Gateway to Bahrain” Stepping through the archway is like walking back in time. Narrow alleyways full of shops selling colorful spices, gold jewellery, scarves and carpets. It originally housed government offices, though today it is better known as the gateway to Manama Souq.

Bahrain is a melting pot of cultures. Here you will find the first in the region, nineteen churches, and three Hindu temples, including the 200-year old Shri Krishna Hindu Temple.

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