World Heritage Sites in Bahrain


Qal'at al-Bahrain Archaeological Site

(26.233 N 50.522 E) -- satellite image

Qal'a means fort, and the site gets its name from a Portuguese fort on top of the mound or tell. A tell is an artificial mound created by many successive layers of human occupation. The strata of this 300m by 600m tell show continuous human presence from approximately 2300 B.C. to the 16th century A.D. It was the capital of the ancient civilization of the Dilmun.


Pearling, Testimony of an Island Economy

(26.241 N 50.613 E)

The site consists of seventeen buildings in Muharraq City, three offshore oyster beds, part of the seashore and the Qal'at Bu Mahir fortress on the southern tip of Muharraq Island, from where boats used to set off for the oyster beds.



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Last Updated: August 22, 2015