Last Saturday, we decided to take a fun trip. Since I am history, archaeology and all-things-ancient buff, we decided to visit Qal’at Al Bahrain, an ancient fort in Bahrain.
The fort comprises of a museum and the ruins of a bygone era. The museum was well maintained, cool (much needed respite from the heat outside) and archaeological finds were displayed well too. The uniqueness of the museum was accentuated by the fact that it sat right next to the sea. The beauty of the seas here is indescribable. On this particular day, the sea wore a bright turquoise colour. I like to call it “the mood-lifting colour” that instantly makes you so happy. The architecture of the museum seemed to be in perfect harmony with the surrounding sea.
The museum had a lot of ancient finds, of customs and rituals that I hadn’t heard of previously. Later, on google searching, I found a goldmine of legends and stories that kept me busy for almost a week (hence the delay in writing a new blog!). More on the lores and legends later.
Soon after the museum, we went to take a stroll on the sea shore (and yes, it was while the sun was shining with all its might!). The closer you get to the sea, the more beautiful it seems. Walking along the shoreline, we reached the ruins of the fort. With no one to guide us, we decided to look for an entry in to the ruins. We managed to find the drawbridge, only after circumventing the entire fort on a bright, hot, sunny afternoon. (We are definitely a crazy lot!!!)
Entering the fort was a relief. Even though the temperature was soaring above 40C, the tiny rooms inside the fort was cool ( and no, it didn’t have an AC!) The old architecture seems to have found a way to keep rooms cool despite the raging heat outside. Unlike other forts that I visited, this place was quiet and well-maintained. You could explore to your hearts content and there was a lot to explore – Enki’s well, rooms that light up as you walk in and lots more.
It was a fun trip despite the heat. Pictures in google show that the place is even more dreamy when you visit at dusk with lights all lit up. But no complaining here! Turquoise blue seas, the stillness and rugged beauty of the ruins made my day. It sure was one memorable trip. Don’t miss visiting this place if you are in Bahrain. And if you have visited this place, I’d like to hear your views as well.