Do ancient civilization and trade interest you?
Have you ever wanted to visit the possible site of the garden of Eden? Obtain a Bahrain visa check and explore the heart of the ancient Dilmun civilization.
Bahrain is a small island country located in the Persian Gulf. The archipelago consists of 30+ islands with Bahrain Island being the largest land mass, at 55 km (34 mi) long by 18 km (11 mi) wide.
Dilmun (or Telmun) appears first near the end of the fourth millennium BC on Sumerian cuneiform clay tablets, and is first mentioned in a document c. 1370 BC.
It was an important controlling trading center, at one time pivotal for Persian Gulf trading routes. The legend about the Garden of Eden may have sprung from reports that the Sumerians thought of Dilmun as holy land.
Even if there is no historical proof of the Garden of Eden’s placement in the heart of Bahrain, there is still Eden to be had.
To start with the mystical consider visiting the legendary Tree of Life which is visited annually by 50,000 people.
This miraculous 500 yr. old tree is located amongst the sand hills in the midst of the desert without any source of water. Archaeological digs have unearthed pottery and other artifacts in the vicinity of the tree which may date back millennia.
Another slice of Eden is the beautiful Al Areen Wildlife Park 40 minutes away from Manama. Opened in 1976, this lush green park showcases 45 mammal species, 82 bird species, and 25 plant species and is divided into public areas and a private reserve.
If historical structures are what you find heavenly, visit Qal’at Al-Bahrain - previously known as Portugal Fort and Bahrain Fort. Qal`at al-Bahrain is an example of a tell – a mound fashioned out of several layers of human habitation. Excavations of the 39ft mound reveal seven stratified layers, created by various occupants from 2300 BC up to the 18th century.
Beautiful mosques adorn this island nation. If you prefer to visit an older structure, consider Al Khamis Mosque.
Although documents place the construction of the foundation in the 11th century, some sources date it to 692 A.D. Either way, it is one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world.
The identical twin minarets added in the 14th and 15th centuries are what make this mosque so recognizable. Modern history has given Bahrain the Al Fateh Grand Mosque, built in 1987, this enormous mosque accommodates up to 7000 worshippers and is crowned with the largest fiberglass dome in the world.
Other construction materials include marble from Italy, Indian teak and a chandelier from Austria. Calligraphy writings in Kufic are prominent in the mosque.
Finally, if you are a thrill seeker, take advantage of your Bahrain visa check to visit the Bahrain International Circuit. This 2004 venue, is popular for GP2, drag racing and the yearly Bahrain Grand Prix. BIC also hosts 24-hour races.