Comprising of over 30 islands along the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is a terrific travel destination, boasting a long, rich history. The country is home to some ancient museums and several other interesting tourist attractions. Read on to learn about some of them.
Bahrain National Museum
Possessing a rich and varied collection of artefacts, Bahrain National Museum is one the oldest public museums in the country. Located in the city of Manama, the museum is home to a wide range of ancient collectables including traditional handicrafts, documents, pictures, sculptures, artefacts and manuscripts. Seals from the early Dilmun period and the Assyrian Clay Coffin, dating back to the 6th century, are the most popular attractions here.
Also known as ‘Bahrain Fort’ or ‘Fort of Bahrain’, Qal’at al-Bahrain is a famous archaeological site. Founded way back in 2300 BC, the site is home to numerous structures and buildings used for residential, public, military, commercial and religious purposes. Items made of metal like copper pieces, fishing tools, socketed spearhead, steatite bowls, carnelian beads, a stone weight and a few potsherds are among the key attractions here.
One of the oldest markets in the country, Manama Souq is a top attraction among travellers, especially the shopaholics. First set up in 1965, this popular old bazaar is home to a wide range of goods including souvenirs, electronics, clothes, spices, herbs, nuts, sheesha bottles along with other daily essentials. Moreover, there are numerous sweet shops and eateries serving some authentic cuisines and traditional gastronomic delights.
Al Fateh Grand Mosque
Built in 1987 and named after the founder of Bahrain, Al Fateh Grand Mosque is among the largest mosques in the world. Located in the heart of the capital, it is known for its architectural design and is home to around 7,000 books, chronicles and other printed materials dating back to the country’s early inception years. Copies from the teachings of Prophet Muhammad, the Global Arabic Encyclopaedia, the Encyclopaedia of Islamic Jurisprudence and Al-Azhar journals are among the most famous items found here.
Offering a glimpse into the royal life of the 19th century, Riffa Fort is one of the oldest structures in the country. Built in 1812 during the reign of Shaikh Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Al Khalifa, it is a major tourist attraction known for its Islamic design and architecture. Wall cravings, paintings, sculptures, stone figures and figurines belonging to that era are among the major draws here.