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Riffa Fort

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Strategically located in the city of Ar-Rifa, the Riffa Fort in Bahrain offers a wonderful view that one cannot afford to miss. Apart from the picturesque view, the rich historical value of the fort offers an insight of Bahrain during previous times along the way. It is located nearly 10kms away from other main attractions in the country including Bahrain National Museum, Bahrain World Trade Center, the Arad Fort and Bab Al Bahrain. To get to Riffa Fort, you can take a taxi from any popular commercial points in Bahrain.

The Riffa Fort is basically an old building, overlooking the Hunainaya Valley, but, the amazing thing about it is its architecture. It is a sandstone structure, which was home to royal families of the 19th century, with 35 rooms packed in a three square yard area. Another noteworthy aspect about the fort is its air-conditioning system, which is unlike the one used in modern day, but a useful one in all. There is also the feel of wind towers, which is best-experienced in this tourist site.

Built during the 17th century, during the reign of Persian Safavid Empire, it was converted into a residence for royal family during the 18th century. From then on, Riffa Fort was home to members of royal family and an official seat of government.

The fort is quite spacious inside. It was divided into individual chambers, housing the Amir’s army and royal family. The fort also includes water reservoir and a good drainage system. Strategically located, the fort is also important in terms of national security of Bahrain. It is surrounded by desert, and is one of the best places to feel the intensity of wind blown over desert sand during the nights.

Over the years, Riffa Fort has been re-constructed making it a great tourist attraction.