Bahrain - Qal’at al-Bahrain – Ancient Harbour and Capital of Dilmun

"Qal’at al-Bahrain is a typical tell – an artificial mound created by many successive layers of human occupation. The strata of the 300 × 600 m tell testify to continuous human presence from about 2300 BC to the 16th century AD. About 25% of the site has been excavated, revealing structures of different types: residential, public, commercial, religious and military. They testify to the importance of the site, a trading port, over the centuries. On the top of the 12 m mound there is the impressive Portuguese fort, which gave the whole site its name, qal’a (fort). The site was the capital of the Dilmun, one of the most important ancient civilizations of the region. It contains the richest remains inventoried of this civilization, which was hitherto only known from written Sumerian references." 

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
The Portuguese Fort of Bahrain or Qal`at al-Burtughal with old cannon guns, overlooking Manama is built on top of a high mound of successive civilizations when Dilmun was the capital and since the Sumerian period. Nice sail boat stamp used. Thanks to Polaris of Bahrain.

Postcard 2
An impressive Portuguese Fort in Bahrain. Thanks to Jean-Pierre of France who visited Bahrain.

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