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Bahrain Fort: The site is believed to have been constructed around 2800 BC, and is subsequently overlaid by various fortified settlements. The last was built during the 16th century to defend recent acquisition of Portugal. The Bahrain Fort is also known as the Protuguese Fort, due to this reason.


Barbar Temple: Excavations carried on during the 1950s and 1960s identified three stone built temples, ranging from the second and third millennia BC. These temples are believed to be built as places of worship for Enki, God of Spring Waters and to strengthen this theory, a sacred well is built within the complex.

Al-Khamis Mosque: The twin minarets of Al-Khamis Mosque are located along the Sh. Salman Road. The Mosque is one of the ancient relics of Islam in the region and has been rebuilt twice during the 14th and 15th centuries.

Arab Fort: Is one of the first landmarks one could come across on arrival at Bahrain, due to its close proximity to the airport. The illuminated fort, when seen at night, is a sure magnificent sight. Though, nothing much is known about the history of the fort, there is a definite evidence about the date of construction, though comprehensive excavations have been undertaken to discover its past. If one intends to pay a visit, stout shoes should be worn, so that one can explore to the full, as high heels are unsuitable for climbing the ramparts.

Oil Well No.1: As the name suggests, is the first oil well in the Gulf. The well was spurted during the 16th October, 1931. The well began to blow heads of oil beginning 2nd June 1932 amid huge celebrations among those involved in its project. It is located below Jebel Dukhan, the Mountain of Smoke.

Salman bin Ahmed Al Fateh Fort: The fort stands on low steep ridge, overlooking the valley between the west and east Riffa. Though the fort was used as a private dwelling earlier, now it is open to public. It includes a section of Arabic calligraphy, including beautiful display of illuminated Quran and other documents, traditional trades and crafts, photographs and models, and other artifacts that represent the former source of wealth of Bahrain, before the oil advent.