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December 13, 2014 | Bahrain

Bahrain Fort & Arad Fort

Ada 2 benteng di Bahrain yang penting2 gak sih untuk dikunjungi. Tapi Bahrain Fort penting. Karena ini jadi salah satu andalan wisata mereka.

I got the history from Wikipedia.

The Qal’at al-Bahrain also known as the Bahrain Fort or Fort of Bahrain and previously as the Portugal Fort is an archaeological site located on Arabian Peninsula.

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, Portugese and Persians. It was once the capital of the Dilmun civilization and was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

The archaeological findings, which are unearthed in the fort, reveal much about the history of the country. The area is thought to have been occupied for about 5000 years and contains a valuable insight into the Copper and Bronze Ages of Bahrain.The first Bahrain Fort was built around three thousand years ago, on the northeastern peak of Bahrain Island. The present fort dates from the sixth century AD. 

The site has been termed as Bahrain’s “most important site in antiquity”. The first excavation at the site was carried out by a Danish expedition between 1954 and 1972, and later by a French expedition from 1977.Since 1987 Bahrain archaeologists have been involved with this work. The archaeological findings have revealed seven civilizations of urban structures beginning with Dilmun empire, the most important ancient civilization of the region.The Danish expedition revealed that it was a notable Hellenistic site.

The location is in Seef area which is like 5 minutes from our hotel!

There’s one area (the archway) has become famous for tourist visiting the fort. They just got to take pictures in the archway. So I too was obsessed to take some pictures in that specific area. We went there accompanied by Fatima Qassim. One of Bahraini’s fashion blogger. She’s very nice. She was patiently took our crazy picture without complaint! We love you Fatimaaaa..

On the parking area, there’s a museum and cafe. We can sit outside to see the fort from afar. Very nice view. But the museum close on Monday so we didn’t have a chance to enter.





The famous archway, near the entrance.




Margie & Fatima before we enter the site. I asked them to put on the Bahraini traditional dress I just bought from Manama Souq :p



The famous archway I was obsessing to..



Don't you guys agree with me that this is an epic traveling picture??



Back to the parking lot. That's the museum & cafe building


Di hari terakhir, sebelum menuju Airport, kami ditemani oleh Lody, teman asal Indonesia yang sudah 6 tahun tinggal di Bahrain, mampir ke Arad Fort. Kalau Bahrain Fort itu lokasinya di Manama, nah si Arad ini lokasinya di Muharraq yang mana cuman 5 menit dari Airport.

Sama sih bentuknya benteng2 juga. But lumayan lah untuk foto2 heheheh.. Oh si Arad ini tapi agak kurang gimanaaa gitu lokasinya. Sebab sebelahnya udah dibangun Mall baru. Di depannya sih cantik ya deket laut gitu cuman si Mall itu mengganggu pemandangan.

Arad Fort is one of Bahrain’s most important fortified castles. The Fort was built in the style of Islamic forts at the end of the 15th and early 16th centuries. Due to its strategic location overlooking various sea passages of Muharraq Island. Arad Fort was used as a defensive fortress throughout history, from the time Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in the 16th century to the reign of Shaikh Salman Bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa  in the 19th century. Arad Fort was most recently restored in the 1980s, a process which took three years. In order to maintain the historical authenticity and value of Arad Fort, exclusively traditional materials were used, such as coral stone, lime and tree trunks.

It is believed that the fort was used by the Omanis during their brief occupation of Bahrain in 1800, and it is located adjacent to the strategic waterways between Bahrain Island & Muharraq Island

Little is known of the fort’s history, and there is no firm evidence of the precise date of construction, but comprehensive excavations have been undertaken in order to discover its past

The entrance fee is 1BD.

Nowdays the fort sometimes converted as a venue for music festivals or concert.


Area Manama terlihat dari benteng ini.






With Lody


Di sebelah fort ada kayak perkampungan gitu. Very pretty..



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