What if we gave you a time machine to go back to the old days, live in ancient times, participate in its details, and see the most important kings and presidents? This legendary machine is not needed in Egypt because once you visit the most famous museums in Egypt, you will feel like you have been born in the past with all its details. When anyone hears about Egypt's museums, the first thing that comes to their mind is the Egyptian Museum, the source of Egyptian treasures, but Egypt has many more treasures than one museum can display. Egypt is famous for being home to antiquities and one of the most important tourist destinations for history and art lovers. All you need is an entry ticket, a phone with a good camera, and know some of the best places to explore artifacts in Egypt's museums. Types of Egyptian museums In addition to the Islamic Museums in Egypt that showcases Islamic art in Egypt and art museums in Egypt to display paintings and artists' works. There are many types of Egyptian museums, the most important of which are the Pharaonic Museums of Egypt that show the life of the Pharaohs, their kings, their treasures, and the archaeological museums of Egypt where artifacts are collected and displayed beautifully for visitors. Egyptian Museum- Cairo No tour of Egypt is complete without a visit to this pink palace overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square. Since its establishment, the Egyptian Museum has been the first place in the world to show ancient Egyptian artifacts, as it includes over 150,000 artifacts dating back more than 5,000 years. It also includes huge statues, royal mummies, manuscripts, jewelry, and treasures of King Tutankhamun. The museum has a large library that includes books on archeology, history, civilizations, and religions in various languages. Address: Tahrir Square - Cairo Graeco-Roman Museum- Alexandria It is considered one of the most famous museums in Alexandria. It is an archaeological museum that was built in 1892. It shows a large collection of antiquities dating back to the Ptolemies and Romans, and it consists of 22 various halls with artifacts of various types. Alexandria also has several museums, such as the Library of Alexandria Museum and the Alexandria Underwater Museum. Address: Al Mesallah Sharq, Al Attarin, Alexandria Governorate Alexandria National Museum This museum is regarded as one of the most important tourist attractions in Alexandria. The Alexandria National Museum houses some of the most important historical artifacts in the world with more than 1,800 artifacts that narrate the history of Alexandria through various eras, including the Greek era, the Roman era, the Coptic era, and the Islamic era. There are also mummies on display in the underground rooms. Address: 110 El Horreya Road - Raml Station - Alexandria The Nubia Museum- Aswan When visiting Aswan, most tourists prefer to enjoy the sunset on the Nile or visit the Philae Temple, but you should also visit the Nubia Museum, which is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Aswan. The museum, which was established as part of the UNESCO international campaign, consists of more than 3,000 artifacts, including vessels, crowns, and gemstones that represent Nubian culture across history. Through it, visitors can learn about the Nubian customs and engineering processes for building the Aswan Dam. This museum is considered a modern one as it was opened in 1997. Address: Qism Aswan, Aswan Governorate Luxor Museum Like the Egyptian Museum, the Luxor Museum is an important part of Egypt's history, as this archaeological museum is one of the most fascinating museums in Egypt that you should visit when traveling to Luxor. It was opened for visitors in 1975 as one of Egypt’s first modern museums. It is located close to the Temple of Karnak and overlooks the Nile. The museum consists of two floors and displays many of the rare artifacts discovered in Luxor, such as statues of kings and gods. The museum also includes many collections that cover various historical eras of Egyptian civilization. The museum also shows some of the possessions of King Tutankhamun that were found in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor in 1922. Address: Nile Corniche Street - Luxor Religious Museums in Egypt Islamic Art Museum- Cairo This two-storey museum is one of the largest Islamic art museums. It was designed in an Islamic architectural style and was opened in 1903 to show a large collection of Islamic antiques. It contains more than 100,000 pieces collected from different countries such as India, China, Iran, Arabia, and Egypt, making it a beacon of Islamic arts and civilization throughout the ages. The museum has fantastic lighting and the space is well used to give the visitor an organized show of antiques. Address: St، El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate Coptic Museum It is considered one of the most famous museums in Cairo. This museum focuses on the art and artifacts of Egypt's Coptic civilization, as it includes more than 16 thousand artifacts dating back to the Roman and Byzantine eras. Among these artifacts are fabrics and textiles dating back to the sixth century, as well as multiple pieces of glass and wood. This museum is surrounded by gardens and six ancient Coptic churches. Address: 3 Mari Gerges, Kom Ghorab, Old Cairo. Biographical museums Umm Kulthum Museum The most famous voice in Egypt is immortalized in this small museum in Cairo that evokes its visitors a sense of nostalgia. It has been uniquely designed to highlight its historical role in enriching Egyptian and Arab art. When you enter the museum, you will find her famous handkerchief and catch a glimpse of her black glasses and elegant dresses. The museum also includes many memorabilia from Umm Kulthum's life, such as her clothes, musical instruments, medals, rare recordings, and speeches that she has written and received from important personalities such as politicians and public figures. Address: Al-Malek Al-Saleh, Manial Al-Rawda, Giza Muhammad Ali Palace Museum On the island of Rawda, there is Prince Muhammad Ali’s palace. Muhammed Ali recommended turning the palace into a museum, which is one of the most beautiful and important historical museums in Egypt and an architectural masterpiece that still maintains its marvelous architectural style. Muhammad Ali museum consists of an external wall surrounding the palace entrance, and includes a reception palace within its walls. It has the clock tower, the mosque, the hunting museum, the throne palace, the private museum, the golden hall, in addition to the wonderful and unique garden surrounding the palace. Address: Al-Saraya, Manial, Cairo. Egypt has hundreds of museums that include millions of monuments dating back to ancient times, and there are specialized museums such as the Geological Museum, the Military Museum, Wax Museum in Helwan, and the Agricultural Museum. Other museums belong to historical figures who passed through Egypt, like Saad Zaghloul, Mustafa Kamel, and Gamal Abdel Nasser, as well as the royal and presidential palaces that later became museums. Immerse yourself in the rich history of this unique country with a great heritage. Do not miss visiting and exploring Egypt's magnificent museums full of historical treasures that will surely impress you. Also Read Luxor and Aswan: Best places to visit in ancient Egypt's capital cities
It’s here, Halloween has arrived! Here are many ideas for celebrating Halloween, including costumes, candy, and food. But considering the world's interest in Halloween festivities, have you ever wondered about the origin and history of Halloween? And manifestations of its celebration around the world. Halloween Day Halloween has become a day of activities, celebrations, candy, and gatherings. But what distinguishes Halloween from other events? Halloween celebrates the memory of the dead. Where the world celebrates, especially in Europe and the United States, it is celebrated at the end of October every year, and Halloween pumpkins are bought frequently and masquerade parties in which young and old people wear different clothes in the belief that they ward off ghosts. The term means "Holy Evening", and was previously known as All Hallows' Eve to Europeans. The name was shortened to "Halloween", as we know now. History of Halloween The origin of this holiday goes back to 2500 years ago when the festival of Samhain was religious in Britain and parts of Europe such as Ireland and northern France. Halloween comes as a sign of the end of summer and the beginning of the winter season, believing that the advent of winter brought with it evil spirits, and Halloween traditions include tricks and wearing odd clothes and masks. Halloween is associated in minds with the fruit of "pumpkin", which is carved in the form of a terrifying face, to bring candles inside and is called the "Jack's" lantern, in addition to disguising themselves in odd and different clothes and scary makeup in the belief that they will not be recognized by evil spirits. Halloween movies Speaking of commercial success, Halloween movies have a long history of being successful at the box office, as Hollywood has produced hundreds of Halloween films, including horror films, black comedies, in addition to cartoon films for children. Halloween around the World Each country celebrates Halloween differently, these are the most prominent countries that hold celebrations that might seem legendary, strange, or funny: - America is one of the countries most involved in celebrating Halloween, as Americans from various cultures decorate homes and streets with colorful and illuminated pumpkins and satirical games, and everyone old or young disguises themselves so that evil spirits do not recognize them. Children also move from house to house with bags and baskets to give them chocolates and candy in a ritual known as the "mother candy" trick, and whoever does not give children chocolate and caramel candy anger evil spirits. They also have some games, such as the Apple picking game, which is one of the most popular games where some apples are put in a large bowl filled with water, and kids take the bowl alternately to try to pick up an apple with their mouths without using their hands. - In Ireland, you can find fires lit all over the country, and these fires are lit outdoors and are traditionally used for celebrations. Children and adults often wear costumes, which are frightening for some characters or ghosts. Then they move from house to house around the area, knocking on doors and asking people for food, usually cookies, chocolates, and candy. - In Canada, it has distinctive rituals. There are food-related rituals, where they eat local apples with sugar and roasted corn, popcorn, and pumpkin pie or bread, in addition to the decor, colors, lights, horror stories, and more. - Mexico sanctifies this day, taking it as an official holiday to celebrate. They put candles and flowers in front of the cemeteries, next to the pictures of their dead. - Austrians do not differ much from other countries, as they celebrate by reviving some folkloric rituals, such as lighting lanterns in the homes to welcome the dead souls. Before going to sleep, they leave a plate of bread and water, so maybe one of the ghosts needs a snack. - In Belgium, they light candles in memory of deceased friends and family. They also feel bad for black cats on this day, and they think it’s bad luck for one of them to enter your home or to cross in front of you. - From Europe and America to East Asia, China. Chinese celebrate Halloween by putting food and drink in front of pictures of loved ones from the dead. - In Japan, the Japanese celebrate by wearing their favorite costumes, whether in the form of an animal, fruit, or a superhero character from cartoon movies. Then they go out to public squares to buy candy and enjoy the holiday in their own way. Ideas to celebrate in Covid-19 We know that the Corona pandemic has affected social life in general, and we are no longer able to celebrate events. It forced itself on people's lives and changed many of their habits, behaviors, customs, rituals, and the way to celebrate their events and festive seasons. So we provide you ideas to safely spend a fun-filled day with your loved ones while committing to social distancing: Organize a photo session for the family. Choose a Halloween costume theme, and take some pictures for you and your family. Create a simple indoor decor or decorate a tree for Halloween. Apply light makeup for Halloween. You can watch makeup tutorials and try it yourself. You can watch a movie about Halloween with your friends and family. Ride your bike and go around the city in a Halloween costume. An American man creates a candy tube to celebrate this day safely A man from Ohio decided to create a "candy tube" for his children to celebrate the holiday safely, and to collect sweets and candy to maintain Halloween rituals such as "trick-or-treat". He said that the candy tube, which had taken 20 minutes to prepare, was about two meters long, and he used tools and supplies in the house such as orange paint, black tape, and a cardboard tube. For candy, there will be a sign at the end of the tube indicating where to put the bags in order to collect candy. Also read: Different cultures: Strange traditions around the world
Guarding the entrance of the Manama Suq in the capital Manama, Bab Al Bahrain was built in 1949. The formidable building that used to overlook the sea was the seat of the government’s administrative offices in the old days. Now though, it only houses the tourism sector offices and visitor’s center to help visitors learn about the history of the area and find all the amazing things to do in Bab Al Bahrain. Since then, Bab Al Bahrain has experienced many changes and renovations. Recently, the Ministry of Culture initiated a project to preserve Bab al Bahrain as a cultural landmark. Now the building shines in all of its historical glory and its magnificent architecture really stands out. Bab al Bahrain history Due to its long history of pearling, Bahrain started to adopt a pattern of urbanization in the course of the 19th century. The modern cosmopolitan outlook of the city is largely due to Bahrain being the region’s first modern state and the rise of Manama as the first regional metropolis. History remembers the city is as passage-way for Modernity in the region. Pearl diving and trade started to take the form of an organized bureaucracy early on, as a result, the Kingdom was the first in the region to have a centralized government that led to the opening of Bahrain, Manama in specific, to the rest of the world. The most outstanding metropolitan project to take place in Manama at the time was Bab Al Bahrain. The Government renewed the waterfront through land reclamation and part of that development was the building. The project was designed in 1945, by late Amir Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's adviser Sir Charles Belgrave, as the seat of the government. The architectural design features some modern elements as well as some indigenous features, which added a unique centerpiece to the City Center at the time. As a result of additional land reclamation projects, Bab Al Bahrain is now ten minutes away from the sea after being just across it. The renovation of Bab Al Bahrain Following a comprehensive renovation in the 80s, in which the building was altered somewhat, Bab Al Bahrain was restored and revamped again in 2012 to bring it back to its former state with limited alterations. These included the reopening of the road leading to Manama Suq, which passes under the archways of the Bab Al Bahrain, to revive the fact that the building has always been meant as a gateway to the City. In addition to renovating the building, the Ministry of Culture in Bahrain launched a contest for architectures from around the world to come up with new innovative designs for the square around Bab Al Bahrain under the name “Open Ideas Competition – Bab Al Bahrain”. The competition stated that applicants should take into consideration refreshing the memory of the sea that used to be adjacent to the site, as well as offering a metropolitan urban square that allows pedestrians to room an enjoy the area Things to do in Bab Al Bahrain Bab Al-Bahrain suq Located in the heart of Manama, Bab Al-Bahrain suq houses more than 30 shops lining its main façade and walkway offering patrons a wide variety of goods, from Arabic perfumes and Bahraini sweets to local handicrafts and traditional antiques. There is also a post office and a travel agency among the Suq stores. In addition to shopping, the Suq allows shoppers to try Bahraini coffee and delicacies, it is home to several famous coffee shops, such as Bahrain’s first ice cream shop, Café Naseef, which opened in 1920, and Café Saffron which is a restaurant and cafe that serves traditional Bahraini cuisine. Bab Al Bahrain Mall With beautiful architecture that mixes the old and traditional with the modern and the future, this mall is a beautiful place to visit even if you are not in the mood for shopping. However, if you are looking for great Bahraini jewelry and valuable handmade carpets this is the place to go. Saturday Market One of the most fun things to do at Bab Al Bahrain is attending the Saturday Market. Usually held every Saturday, this market allows a place for artists to show their crafts such as including basket weaving, hand embroidery, carpets, and henna design. It also features live music, traditional Bahraini food vendors, and play areas for children. The market is often open for the days of major events such as during the Bahrain Grand Prix. Manama Suq Through the passageway of Bab Al Bahrain, you can reach the old Manama Suq. The suq offers everything and more, all displayed in a lively array of shops. Goods there vary from textiles, spices, incense, perfumes, handicrafts, and souvenirs, all the way to modern products and trinkets from all over the world. The suq offers a unique shopping experience that brings to mind the style of commerce from days long past. The Manama Suq is a must-visit while in Bahrain that visitors will be sure to enjoy. Manama Post Office Right behind Bab Al Bahrain, you can find The original post office of Manama, which has been renovated to host a museum documenting the history of postal services of Bahrain through the history. In addition to its outstanding archive of photographs from the postal service since its inception, a complete catalog of Bahraini stamps as well as stamps from all over the world, and a collection of vintage cancellations, scales, and franking machines, all of which were positions of the Ministry of Transport and the Philatelic Bureau, the museum also comprises a philatelic bureau counter where people can purchase new and collectible stamps and a café with a great terrace that overlooks Bab Al Bahrain.
One of the most important tourist attractions and best landmarks in Bahrain is the Bahrain Fort (Qal'at al-Bahrain) or the Portuguese Fort as it is called, and the castle’s history dates back to the fourteenth century AD, but the castle was provided with other buildings during different eras such as the Portuguese rule of Bahrain. It is located in Manama, the capital of Bahrain, in the Seef district on the seashore, and it is one of the best places that tourists like to visit for its historical and architectural importance, and it is worth noting that the castle was included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage. Located only a 10-minute drive west of Manama, on an ancient hill (hills created by centuries of urban reconstruction), the majestic Bahrain Fort overlooks the bay. Built by the Portuguese in the sixteenth century, as well as that it is believed to be the capital of the ancient Dilmun Empire. As you wander through the air fossils of residential, commercial, public, military, and religious buildings, don’t forget that humans have inhabited this site continuously since 2300 BC. This is where the most important discoveries of Dilmun were found in Bahrain, and it provides an outstanding example not only of the strength of Dilmun but also of its successors during the Tylos and Islamic periods. The castle is backed by an elegant and modern visitor center and an excellent museum, where you can pick up a free audio guide. When you're done wandering through the ruins, be sure to enjoy wonderful sea views with a drink in the Museum Café. What is the Bahrain Fort? Bahrain's rich commercial history, known as Dilmun in ancient times, is reflected in many archaeological sites, the most prominent of which is the Qal'at al-Bahrain site registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort is located on top of an artificial hill covering an area of 17.5 hectares which was built over more than 4000 years of continuous occupation. It is the site of the former capital Dilmun and one of the most archaeological sites in the Arabian Gulf. Excavations over the past fifty years have revealed residential, public, commercial, and military structures that attest to the importance of the site over the centuries. These results are brought to life through an audio guide available in the site museum. The museum’s display area has been open to the public since 2008, and it consists of 5 exhibition halls organized around a huge mound wall. With a display of 500 artifacts, the site's long settlement history is displayed to the unique background of the wall, which recreates the various exposed artifacts on the site. The museum café facing the sea offers stunning views of the fort and the surrounding palm groves. How old is Bahrain fort? The area is believed to have been occupied for about 5,000 years and contains valuable insight into the copper and bronze ages of Bahrain. The first Fort was built about three thousand years ago, in the northeastern peak of Bahrain Island. The history of the current fortress dates back to the sixth century AD. Bahrain Fort Description Bahrain’s Fort has great historical importance due to its use as the capital of the Delmon civilization, Portuguese garrison, commercial port, apartment building, and religious center. It was built from an artificial hill of 12 meters (40 feet) high, formed by human settlers from 2300 BC. to the eighteenth century, it was later rebuilt using the Greco-Roman style. This square-shaped structure consists of high-quality stones and turrets on the four corners (two of which form the main entrance), weapons, artifacts, and holes in the strategic sites used to shoot arrows, red Hellenistic tiles, coins, and a trench. Things to do at Bahrain Fort: You can walk around the castle and see the buildings and forts left by previous civilizations, all made of stone and occupying a castle measuring 16 square meters, and includes the archeology remaining from different times in Bahraini history. Your visit should also include archaeological excavations documenting the presence of people in this area during the BC period, especially 2300 BC, and you should also visit the original forms with a distinctive shape suitable to take some great memorial photos, especially at night. Don’t forget to visit the museum, which was created inside the castle area, which is a wall with a height of 8 meters, and this wall contains archaeological layers from different eras, and inside this wall, there are 5 graded halls, all of them ascending request. Because Qal'at al-Bahrain is located right next to the seashore, you must go across the beach and witness the beauty and tranquility of the waters of the Arabian Gulf sea. Also, you can take pictures of the sea and the castle together. Museum Café Enjoy a fabulous evening with the best sea views from any terrace on the island, this cafe is the perfect place to end the afternoon to explore Bahrain Fort. Sip your locally grounded aromatic coffee, drink divine cakes from local bakeries, and watch the mudflats come to life with birds. What hotels are near Qal'at al-Bahrain? This marvelous fort offers plenty of hotels near it, for example, you will find InterContinental Regency Bahrain hotel, Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, and Downtown Rotana hotel, in addition to Elite Grande hotel and Le Méridien City Centre Bahrain. Restaurants near Qal'at al-Bahrain: If you are looking for great restaurants near the fort you will find many of them such as Le Chocolat, Maya La Chocolaterie, Elevation Burger, and Paul Bakery and Kunefeci. What attractions are near Qal'at al-Bahrain? When you visit Bahrain Fort, you can also enjoy seeing other attractions located near it such as The Raven's Nest, The Sultan Center, Al-Fatih Mosque (Great Mosque), Saar Mall, and Sitra Mall. Also, Read: Dilmun Civilization: The ancient civilization of the Gulf Famous Castles Around the World: Discover the best world’s castles
Christmas is a holiday in many countries, but not all. Many homes have Christmas trees and other decorations in the weeks leading up to Christmas Day. Festive activities include exchanging gifts, singing Christmas songs and going to parties. It's a special time when children get gifts from family, friends, Santa Claus or Father's Day. Christmas cards are also presented or sent before Christmas Day. For some, Christmas is an exclusive family affair, while others invite friends for a Christmas buffet or meal. We are all for snow days and we feel loved on fire, but December is also a good time to travel essentially to see how the rest of the world celebrates Christmas. These cities are worth visiting any time of the year, for sure, but they look exceptionally charming during the holiday season. Here is a list of the best and most magical Christmas cities in Christmas that you can visit or travel for holidays. New York City There's no shortage of ways to make Christmas in New York magical, whether it's snowboarding at the Rockefeller Centre, riding a carriage in Central Park, or strolling 34th Street in hopes of experiencing a miracle. New York is one of the best cities in Christmas, where you will feel the true spirit, while you see the Rockets doing what they do during Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Rome, Italy Rome is one of the most magical cities in Christmas. The streets around the town will certainly be present, but the Catholic residence is an excellent choice for people looking for the most sacred Christmas experience. The midnight mass in the Pantheon, where you can hear the hymns fade on the walls of the 1900-year-old architectural marvel, can be really great. Cologne, Germany Nothing captures the charm of the ancient world like the Christmas market, and no one takes Christmas markets more seriously than the Germans, with Cologne attracting four million visitors each winter. Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas, while enjoying merry scenes from the observation deck in KölnTriangle, the tower directly opposite the cathedral on the Rhine. Tokyo, Japan Tokyo raises the voltage every year thanks to its winter lights, as different regions compete with each other to create some really exciting shows. This year's highlights include more than 100,000 light blue and silver lamps in downtown Tokyo and a huge gaming chandelier at Yebisu Garden Place. And don't worry if you can't get there before December 25, winter lights have become so popular that most of them lasted until February. Don't forget to enjoy the lighting of the Blue Cavern ("Ao no Dokutsu") in Shibuya, an electric version of the blue caves in the Mediterranean. Prague, Czech Republic The Christmas markets in Prague are one of the best in the world and run for a whole month, with locals and travellers going through a dose of scrambled wine, sticky pastries and grilled pork. The main markets of the Old Town and Wenceslas Square are just a 5-minute walk away and set against the backdrop of the most beautiful Gothic architecture you will ever see. Enjoy in one of the most incredible cities in Christmas, Prague, and the annual performance of the Nutcracker at the National Theater. Málaga, Spain Located in southern Spain, Málaga is one of the best cities in christmas that really set off for holidays. Apart from Christmas markets, huge Nativity scenes, and free concerts at Plaza de la Constitucion, the city takes place on December 28th at the annual Verdiales Music Festival. Visitors can watch competing couples all day without wearing extravagant costumes and practicing different forms of verdiales. Regional Flamenco Dance. You can enjoy a lot of fun in this city, and you can also get your soul by watching the lights along the shopping street Calle Larios, which lit up in late November and lasted until December. Quebec City, Canada Quebec City is one of the oldest cities in North America, and the French colonial architecture gives it an unmistakable European character. The cobbled streets of the Old Town are filled with attractive shops and delicious bistros, all cheerfully decorated for the holidays. Here's the best thing you can do on holidays in this wonderful city. Skiing runs at the Château Frontenac (open from mid-December to March), one of the city's oldest traditions and suspense. Reduce icy trails overlooking the city on a wooden sled up to 45 miles per hour. Strasbourg, France Strasbourg is home to France's oldest Christmas market, dating back nearly 450 years. Though the markets will be filled with delicious goods, many of them choose to indulge in the delicious cuisine of the Alsace king, foie gras, also a French Christmas tradition. If you want to experience something impressive in this amazing city, you will find it truly in the supermarket under the stunning Strasbourg Cathedral, the tallest surviving building entirely built in the Middle Ages. Dubai, UAE Dubai does Christmas the same way Dubai does almost everything, that's the real fashion. Don't miss the lighting of trees that occur around the city, including the Five Palm Jumeirah that occurs on December 4, and the Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa on December 7. Since no visit to Dubai is complete without many shopping areas, it is time to store goodies in one of the city's Christmas markets. Cirque De Cuisine At Atlantis, The Palm takes place on December 6, a three-hour dining experience that includes dining from the best restaurants in Dubai, as well as circus artists and dance parties, of course. London, England The capital is flooded with holiday cheers. Dazzling Christmas lights illuminate Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby Street. Ski lovers can go on a seasonal tour of the scenic circuits of Somerset House, Hyde Park, Canary Wharf and the Tower of London. Love holiday music? St. Hotel hosts Martin-in-the-Fields An inspiring selection of Christmas parties while London's most famous Christmas tree is held nearby at Trafalgar Square. Also, Read: Best Carnivals Around the World: Learn about countries’ cultures Eid in Bahrain: Fun to spend time with family and enjoy celebrations
There are many famous castles around the world, and it is very difficult to make a list of the ultimate best. The castles that have survived so far have often survived for hundreds of years, as people do not build castles nowadays, what a shame! Unfortunately, a lot of them are under the rubble due to a lack of funding for reconstruction and follow-up. On the other hand, the castles that have maintained all of their well-preserved former glory are usually major tourist attractions, attracting millions of visitors from all over the world. We have put together a list of the most breathtaking castles around the world. Windsor Castle, England Windsor Castle Hotel has a great match to architecture, history and a collection of priceless works of art and antiques. The castle is over 900 years old! Here is where Queen Elizabeth likes to spend her weekends and Prince Harry and Megan Markle had their wedding. Windsor Castle is easily accessible from London. It only takes one hour by train from London Waterloo Station. It includes an audio tour guiding you through the castle including Queen Mary's Dollhouse, State Apartments and St. George’s Chapel. St. George's Hall, where formal dinners are held, was seriously damaged during a fire in 1992. The ceiling is very large and the table can accommodate 160 guests. Windsor Castle is a real mansion of work which is an amazing experience to be able to explore the grounds. Egeskove Slot, Denmark If you like castles, you should check out Egeskove, located on Fyn Island, a half-hour drive from Odense. If you travel in Copenhagen, you can take a bus or train to Odense, the main city on the island of Fyn, then another bus to the castle itself. This is one of the most famous castles around the world. It is a living castle, which means that real people live here. Some parts of the castle are open for tourists to enjoy, and there is also a huge garden where you can simply enjoy the views and get stunning photos. They also have a large selection of old cars and old buses from all over Europe. Chambord, France Chateau de Chambord is one of the best castles in France and one of the most famous castles around the world. The castle is located in the Loire Valley, a 2.5-hour drive south of Paris. This amazing French architectural marvel dates back to the 16th century and is now a UNESCO heritage site. The intricate designs of the castle and the beautifully decorated marble stairs and interiors provide the viewer with an extraordinary view of the rich history of the French kings of Louis XIV and Louis XV. One can only imagine the enormous marches that must take place in the grand corridors of the castle. Chateau de Chambord is surrounded by carefully crafted French gardens. These are works of art just like the castle itself, and can be seen better than the top terraces of Chambord. This castle will leave you and any visitor with a sense of accomplishment. Chambord is by far, the most stunning French castle and worthy to be on any list of the best castles! Castello di Miramare, Italy Castello di Miramare (Miramare Castle) is a 19th-century castle on the Gulf of Trieste, northeastern Italy. It was built between 1856 and 1860 for the Austrian Maximilian Ferdinand and his wife Empress Carlotta. In 1850 at the age of eighteen Maximilian came to Trieste with his brother and decided to move there and build a seafront house surrounded by a garden worthy of his name and rank. The castle has a rich history and its inhabitants over the ensuing years included emperors, Archduke, New Zealanders and British troops. In March 1955, the park was opened for free to the public and became a magnet for thousands of tourists. The castle is surrounded by beautiful gardens and includes estate greenhouses, church ruins and a smaller version of the main castle. The residence remained largely intact and gave the visitor an insight into life in the mid-19th century. Trieste is easy to reach by train. It is 3.5 hours by train from Rome to Venice and then a 2-hour train journey from Venice to Trieste. Instead, it is a short one-hour flight from Rome to Trieste. Royal Castle, Poland The Royal Castle in Warsaw is very unique, as it looks more like a palace than a castle. The truth is that this monument has gone through a lot of modifications over time! It dates back to the fourteenth century, but only began to obtain its present form in the sixteenth century, when Warsaw was named the capital of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Recently, like most of the city, the castle was severely damaged during World War II. However, like the rest of Warsaw's Old Town, it was completely rebuilt to resemble the original building. The Royal Castle is beautiful inside and out, and if you are visiting the city it is definitely an attraction you cannot miss. In addition, it is located directly in the historic center of the city, close to many of its landmarks! Easy to fall in love with Warsaw: a city full of history, visiting the Royal Castle and the surrounding Miasto Star (Old Town) is a wonderful introduction to this stunning European capital! The Palace of the Sheki Khans, Azerbaijan Shaki Khans Palace was the summer palace of Shaki Khan which began at the end of the 18th century. It is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, and the city of Sheki is a very popular tourist destination in Azerbaijan. The palace has intricate windows, beautiful miniature paintings and other details, and also has a luxurious facade. To get there, you can walk or ride a taxi for 3-5 minutes to the palace. Jal Mahal Floating Palace, India Jal Mahal is one of the most unique palaces you will ever see. It is also one of the most famous castles around the world. Located in the center of San Mager Lake, this floating mansion does not float at all. Actually four stories of the structure are located under the water. This 300-year-old mansion was a first-class holiday palace for the royal family. This private location in Jaipur was ideal for bird watching, picnics and hunting. In recent years, the palace has undergone extensive renovations. Osaka castle, Japan Osaka Castle in Osaka, Japan A creative introduction to the castles of Asia. Located in the vibrant city of Osaka, this 14th-century castle has undergone many renovations and entertainment, especially after World War II. The beautiful castle is surrounded by a moat and Nishinomaru gardens. Osaka Castle consists of citadels, huge stone walls and a pagoda-style roof that reaches the top of cherry blossoms. The 1997 restoration improved access to the castle, including a modern elevator to the top. A visit to Osaka with children and the castle is great because many local families and tourists fill the parks on weekends for picnics and festive foods, including Takoyaki octopus balls. You will certainly see couples taking pictures of the wedding and photographing pink cherry blossoms. In the fall, the colors falling on the leaves represent a great contrast with the green-peaked ceiling and the golden details of the castle. To reach Osaka Castle, take the Tanimachi subway line to Tanimachi 4-chrome station or use the JR Loop line to Osakajokoen Station. The best time of year to visit Osaka Castle is during the cherry blossom season in April. 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Many sports played today, were also played during the ancient Egyptian period. Many illustrations on tomb walls and monuments show that sports such as long jump, wrestling, swimming, archery, athletics, weightlifting, kayaking, fishing and some soccer games were common among ancient Egyptians. Also, many kings and princes of this era had a great interest in attending sports competitions that they funded with equipment. Rules such as choosing a neutral rule, uniforms for players and announcing winners by awarding different medals, are some aspects of ancient Egyptian sports that are very similar to today's sports. Here are some of the ancient Egyptian sports that were played by ancient Egyptians thousands of years ago. Ancient Egypt sports The scenes on the walls of temples and pyramids clearly show that Egyptians knew how to maintain their physical fitness and health. The sport was an important part of everyday life and culture. Among the most common sports practised by ancient Egyptians are gymnastics, marathon, handball, javelin, boxing, high jump, archery, weightlifting, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, and balance. What Were Their Favorites? One of the popular ancient Egyptian sports is the javelin sport, which was used for hunting sport for finding food. Archery was another sport of its kind that was a popular way of recreation in Egypt and a popular fishing method. The Archery was often practised by the royal family. Many water sports are popular in Egypt, mainly due to the location of many of the longest river banks on earth, the Nile. Rowing and swimming were among the most common water sports played by Egyptians during this period. Football is a very popular sport in modern Egypt, but the ancient Egyptians also enjoyed a variety of other sports such as tennis, squash and even golf, which were an integral part of the ancient Egyptian sports scene. What The Tomb Scenes Show Ancient Egypt sports Given the many paintings and drawings, it can be said that the ancient Egyptian sports also included a number of ball games. One famous version is the alternative of handball played today. The games were played with balls and bats that were made from palm trees. Ball games seem to have enjoyed both children and adults. It is believed that most of the ancient Egypt sports were active just to enjoy while some seemed to have evolved into a distinct sporting event. These sports were usually watched by royal families for fun and enjoyment. The long marathons were also part of the ancient Egyptian sports scene as illustrated by the texts. It seems that the marathon was an important part of the celebration of the coronation of the pharaohs and kings throughout ancient Egyptian history. Thus we can clearly see that sport in ancient Egypt was very important and formed an integral part of daily life, not only to maintain the fitness of people but also as a means of recreation and entertainment. Hockey Ancient Egyptians played a game similar to the current hockey game. The drawings on the tombs in Bani Hassan in Minia Governorate show the players holding bats made of long branches of palm trees, with a bent end similar to a hockey bat. Hockey was made of compressed papyrus and covered with two pieces of leather in a semicircle. The ball was painted two or more colours. Handball The drawings of this sport were found on the tombs of Saqqara, five thousand years ago. The ball was made of leather and stuffed with vegetable fibres or straw or made from papyrus plants to be light and more durable. It was rarely used for more than one game. The painting shows four girls playing handball. Each team is aiming at the other at the same time. Players can either be on their feet or on the backs of teammates during the exchange of balls. Fishing Fishing was one of the ancient Egyptian sports that has been practised by kings, princes and ordinary people. There are many drawings of fishing scenes such as a hobby on the tombs of Saqqara in the Old Kingdom as far as they are found in the effects of the modern kingdom. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo includes several types of fishing rods and hooks of different shapes, which indicates the progress of this sport in ancient Egypt. Equestrian Sports Equestrian has moved from the world of wars and war vehicles to the world of sport and hunting wildlife. Ancient Egyptians introduced horse racing among young people. They managed to stay on horseback without saddles in full control of the horse, as seen in a picture of an ancient Egyptian knight. Weightlifting Weightlifting was one of the well-known sports of ancient Egyptians. One way of lifting weights is to try lifting a heavy bag of sand with one hand (a clean lift and shiver) and keeping it in a semi-vertical position. The player had to stay in this position for a short time. This is one of the weightlifting rules applied so far. Rowing Kayaking was one of the most demanding sports that require physical strength by the ancient Egyptian. The paintings recorded the collective rowing in which the players relied on matching the rowing according to the directions of their captain who carried the rudder. The leader also controlled their movement by calling for a high standardization methodology to unify the moment when the paddle touched the surface of the water and helped propel the boat forward steadily and quickly - a method still adopted in kayaking at present. 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Some big parties take place in the streets during Shrovetide, a period before Lent. Carnivals that occur in different parts of the world bring revellers and crowds of fun to the streets to celebrate before the 40-day fast begins. Parades, street parties and other forms of entertainment are just some of the carnivals in the store. Fine costumes, masks and various contests also represent some of the distinctive features of a carnival. Almost everyone is familiar with the Rio de Janeiro carnival, but the other carnivals we highlighted below are full of life as those in Rio. Here a list of the best carnivals around the world, which are some memorable sites to embrace carnival spirit. Basler Fasnacht, Switzerland The Basel Carnival is on the list of the top 50 local festivals in Europe and is part of UNESCO's "Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity". It is one of the best carnivals around the world. This carnival does not happen before the start of Lent, but it starts on Monday after Wednesday ashes in the early hours of the morning. Basler Fasnacht continues for 72 hours starting at 4 am on Monday and ending at 4 am on Thursday. Before the official opening, all lights in the city are switched off, and Carnival lanterns are played to accompany the music. "Endstreich" represents the end of the carnival. Carnival of Venice, Italy Venice’s carnival is known in Italy for complex masks worn by people. Perhaps the reason for the beautiful complex masks is that at the end of the carnival, the award is awarded to the most beautiful mask (la maschera piu bella). The carnival dates back to 1162 but was later banned since 1797 for almost two centuries. The modern carnival was revived in 1979 when the Italian government decided to revive the culture and history of Venice. About 3 million visitors travel to Venice to attend the Carnival each year before the start of Lent. Travel packages in Italy Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is also celebrated before Lent, the world's second most famous carnival, then in Rio de Janeiro. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the largest Canary Islands. The capital's streets thrive on Friday before the carnival when the parade is held. Once the carnival officially opens, the celebrations will continue until Wednesday ashes. The burial of sardines (entierro de la sardine), a traditional ritual held on Wednesday ashes represents the end of the carnival. Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil If you want to be part of the largest outdoor party in the world, Rio de Janeiro is the place to go before Lent. The Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the largest carnival in the world in its roots in 1723. Also, it is one of the best carnivals around the world. More than two million people arrive at the streets of Rio during the Carnival every day. Floats, celebrants and decorations from various Samba schools are the most important in the carnival. Although the marches are held in Sambadrome, a venue with showrooms for viewers, many events are also organized on the street. Learn about travel packages in Brazil to attend many events. Notting Hill Carnival, London, UK This celebration took place on the street in London since 1966. It was initially envisaged that the festival would be an event to promote cultural unity, but soon the celebration of the neighbourhood's children became a carnival procession. Unlike other carnivals normally held during Lent, this carnival is spread over two days in August. About one million people from around the world come to be part of the Notting Hill Carnival, led by the British Indian-Western community. Cologne Carnival, Germany The main events at the Cologne carnival take place two days before Wednesday's ashes on the so-called Rose Monday. However, the making of happy mornings on the streets begins on Thursday when the streets are formally declared open. This week-long festival is full of parties and rallies and attracts about one million spectators, especially in Rose Monday. Carnival season also called "Season 5" traditionally begins on November 11, the month 11 in 11 minutes after 11 years. However, the celebration in the streets just before Lent. Mardi Gras, New Orleans, USA Bourbon Street, in the attractive French Quarter, offers some of the most fun games in the famous Big Easy Carnival. Expect fashion contests that respect bold exploits in the leather clothing industry, while the celebrants’ exchange beads of beads for two nude skin eyes, it is not obligatory. You will not always need to cover the eyes of children: the review "krewes" tends to lead the colourful and family-friendly Uptown. Get a boost from the King's Cake, a narcotic candy soaked in cinnamon. If your slide contains a plastic baby, the next cookie will be on you. Goa carnival, India It is one of the best carnivals around the world. Even after the collapse of the Portuguese Empire, European flavours remain strong in their former positions. The Portuguese brought the Christians to Goa in 1510, and their culture continues in Carnival celebrations here. Under colonial rule, slave workers and their masters exchanged roles. Nowadays, the Goa carnival is a mix of feather-adorned costumes, fire bursts and acrobatics, with some Hindu Pantheon throwing away; the best marches in the Panaji state capital. Indian and Portuguese specialities are strongly characterized by street food stalls and culinary competitions; just follow the powerful feijoada scent, mixing with the breeze with the seafood curry atmosphere. 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Eid in Bahrain has many celebrations, as well as each Islamic country. Although Eid is celebrated by Muslims across the globe, Bahraini people have their own traditions and celebration for the Eid. In Bahrain, you can see the warm families gathering while children play all around together. Enjoying many outdoor activities in the Kingdom. And also taste the famous desserts made for Eid celebrations. Eid is an exciting time to be in Bahrain, as centuries-old traditions meet modern festivities for three days. Here’s how locals celebrate the occasion. Here are some of the things you can do in Eid in Bahrain. Praying at Al Fateh Grand Mosque Eid celebrations begin with prayer. Every family of men, women and children usually visit the nearest mosque for prayer. One of the most famous mosques in Bahrain is Al Fateh Mosque in Manama. Thousands of Bahrainis gather for Eid al-Fitr prayer. The Grand Mosque covers an area of 6,500 square metres and can accommodate 7,000 worshippers at once. Al Fateh Mosque is crowned with the largest glass fibre dome in the world. Its walls are beautifully decorated with the Kufic Font, making it a great place to stroll around the holiday. Helping poor people As one of the pillars of Islam, zakat is considered an important part of Ramadan. Many Muslims use this time to help others through charitable and voluntary work. Although this practice is common throughout the holy month, Bahrainis take advantage of Eid as an opportunity to do good, usually by donating to organized homes to ensure that those in need are able to participate in Eid celebrations. Family get-togethers over an Eid feast Traditionally, the Eid in Bahrain is celebrated by Bahraini families gathered at Al Bait Al Oud (family house) to celebrate Eid with their loved ones. Although at present a family may spread in many homes or even spread around the world, Bahrainis still meet with their families during holidays, often exchanging gifts or financial donations known as eidiya. After that, the holiday is celebrated with a festive meal: ghoozi, the rice dish is usually prepared with lamb, eggs, spices or machboos, another rice dish cooked with meat or fish. Traditional Sweets for Eid in Bahrain There is no festival all over the world complete without sweet treatments. The Bahrainis love their special dessert Halwa (sweet gelatinous candy covered with roasted cashews and almonds). khanfurush (sweet fried made from white flour, sugar, eggs, cardamom and saffron). Rehash (a sweet made from sesame paste) and more. Most of these desserts are served in Arab coffee shops. If you want to buy some for yourself and celebrate a different taste of Eid in Bahrain, the 150-year old Halwa Showaiter in Muharraq has a fantastic range of offerings. Wearing festive attire Most people buy new clothes to wear on Eid often dressed for each of the three holidays. It is a tradition of wearing ceremonial clothes, symbol of new beginnings and leaving old self. Today, local residents wear modern clothes and traditional clothing, with many Bahraini men wearing a thawb (long tunic), tawitha, and a headdress such as a keffiyeh, gatra or oghal. Women usually wear an abaya (long loose black dress) To cover their heads. Women also adorn their hands and feet with a henna tattoo as part of Eid traditions. Outings and entertainment in Eid in Bahrain Eid in Bahrain has many things to do. Today, many will celebrate the Eid outside the family home, and go out together for a movie or some indoor games in the corridors of a shopping mall. There are many malls in Bahrain that can be explored. If the weather is not very hot, people will head to one of the many parks, usually around sunset. As for some fun adventures to spend good times in the Eid, you can do some water activities on the blue water of Bahrain. It is also possible to experience horse riding in Bahrain, which is fun for the entire family. For more things to do in Bahrain: Travel packages in Bahrain.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is an archipelago located in the Arabian Gulf. Although one of the smallest Arab countries in terms of area, It is a tourist destination for many visitors who go to enjoy its beautiful nature and to learn about the historical places in Bahrain. Historical places in Bahrain Historical places in Bahrain offer some wonderful images with their magnificent architecture, let's explore the highlights of Bahrain: - Bab Al Bahrain It is one of the tourist attractions that attract many tourists and visitors to the Kingdom. It is an ancient archaeological gate that was restored in 1945 to bear all the details of the Islamic character rich in inscriptions and Qur'anic verses in the magnificent Arabic calligraphy. It is one of the most beautiful markets in Bahrain having a large number of stalls lined up to sell vegetables, fruits, clothes and handicrafts, and the best gold and pearls jewelry. Bab Al Bahrain is located at the entrance to the Central Business District. The main entrance to the Manama market is the Bahrain market. The location is very suitable for taking souvenir photos next to this important archaeological site. There are many activities at Bab Al Bahrain, Such as the Popular Products Show, which showcases many handmade products such as clothes, baskets, household items, and popular candy brands. - Qal’at Al-Bahrain One of the most important historical places in Bahrain, Qal’at Al-Bahrain is located near Manama and is intended to tourists as important Historical and Architectural monuments, especially listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The castle contains many historical monuments that tell about the history of Bahrain at different times, as well as excavations proving the existence of humans in this area since the beginning of creation, and visitors can take pictures of the memorial next to it. - Al Khamis Mosque The mosque is named in relation to the area where it was built, It is one of the oldest historical Islamic mosques in Bahrain. The mosque was built in the Islamic style. It contains two minarets standing at the corners of the front corners and has limestone slabs and the material used in the construction is wood and stone. Al-Khamis Mosque in its early times was of paramount importance as a place for religious rites and ceremonies, it was equipped with a school for teaching religion and accommodation for students. Due to its historical location, the mosque has been restored several times in order to preserve it as a significant impact of tourism in Bahrain. - Bahrain National Museum Opened in 1988 to be the first National Museum in the country with a history of more than 5 thousand years, the museum is a masterpiece of architecture and a wonderful collection of artifacts and heritage, manuscripts, books, and paintings. - Jebel Al Dukhan It is the highest hill elevated in Bahrain at 143 meters above sea level. The southern part of the mountain is the best place for camping. The mountain is named because of the fog that hangs over it most of the year, and there are a number of caves. - Al Areen Wildlife Park 40 minutes away from Manama Center is Al-Areen wildlife park is one of the best tourist activities in Bahrain. It was established in 1976 in Sakhir and it is the favorite place for Bahraini families to enjoy nature and there are many restaurants and hotels around the reserve. This park is annually attracted by a great number of visitors. - Al Fateh Grand Mosque Al Fateh Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Bahrain. This mosque was built in 1988. It was built of marble, glass, and teak. The most attractive thing is the dome of the mosque which is made of fiberglass and gives a wonderful view at night. The mosque was built to accommodate 7,000 worshipers and is now a large Islamic center with a library of more than 7,000 books, some of them dating back more than 100 years in various subjects such as Fiqh and Hadith, and many religious books and the numbers of Al-Azhar and Arabic Islamic. - Tree of Life The Tree of Life is more than 400 years old and is considered one of the most important tourist destinations in Bahrain. Located in the midst of the desert without any source of water. This tree is one of the wonders that visitors come from all over the world to see the miracle tree, where the number of tourists annually visits 50,000 tourists. - Bahrain World Trade Center It is one of the most beautiful commercial centers in the Gulf, with a height of 787 feet above the ground. Located in the capital, Manama, It is a twin tower trade center connected with each other by a bridge. There are also three wind turbines to provide electricity for more than 300 houses. It also has the largest malls in Bahrain and many restaurants, cafés, and entertainment places. The Bahrain World Trade Center won two prestigious awards for the best architectural design. For a wonderful tour around the historical places in Bahrain see also: Heritage trip in Bahrain with a private driver Learn about: Activities in Bahrain
For more than a thousand years, mosques have been places of worship for Muslims around the world. To this day, the beauty and rich history of these holy sites continue to inspire visitors. There are many beautiful Bahrain mosques. They are a testimony to the rich Islamic culture of the city. Architecture in some of these mosques will leave you spellbound. Let’s take a look at some of the most stunning Bahrain mosques that will take your breath away. You should visit these beautiful mosques during your visit to Bahrain. Al Fateh Grand Mosque The Grand Mosque of Fateh is the largest place of worship and among the largest mosques in the world. The Grand Mosque of Fateh is also known as Al Fateh Islamic Centre and Al Fateh Mosque. The mosque is located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, Manama. Al Fateh Grand Mosque was built under the patronage of the late Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa in 1987 and was named Ahmed Al Fateh. The mosque covers 6,500 square meters and has the capacity to accommodate more than 7,000 worshippers at one time. The walls of the mosque are beautifully decorated with Kufic script. Also, it is crowned with the largest fibreglass dome in the world. Al Khamis Mosque Al-Khamis Mosque was built around 692 AD, one of the oldest Bahrain mosques and also in the Arab world. The identical double minarets in this ancient Islamic monument make it easy to identify and can be easily observed while driving along Sheikh Salman Road in Khamis. It dates back to the eleventh century and was rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this reconstruction, the twin minarets were added. The Khamis Mosque was recently partially renovated. Siyadi Mosque Part of the Siyadi House complex, which belonged to a former 19th-century pearl merchant, is the oldest Siyadi mosque preserved in Muharraq and still used for daily prayer. Bait Al-Quran The House of Quran is located in a building that is beautifully engraved in Arabic script. Bait Al-Quran is one of the most beautiful Bahrain mosques. It displays an impressive collection of Quranic manuscripts as well as a library of more than 50,000 books written in Arabic, English and French, most of which focus on Islam. Manuscripts dating back to the seventh century as well as the Quran written on rice, peas, and grains are among the exquisite collections. He claims to be the only institute in the world devoted to the Quran. The building also houses a mosque, a showroom, a religious school and a museum and hosts a variety of art galleries. This delightful little mosque has been incorporated into Beit Al Quran compound and is open even in the absence of the museum. Often overlooked, contains one of the most unusual features you may see in a Bahraini mosque, a beautiful dome of stained-glass. Located above a mihrab (pointing to the direction of Mecca) decorated with blue tiles that evoke Islamic Persia. The tiles in the yard have a similar effect, just take you to Muslim Spain. Yateem Mosque Built-in 1992 by Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, this mosque can be easily identified by its unique minaret. But the real jewel is inside: framed by beautiful Kufic line, four columns carrying twin arches of an impressive mosque mihrab, which are sculpted elaborately in different geometrical patterns repeated, creating a stunning effect. It is considered as one of the best Bahrain Mosques. You can visit the mosque with respect outside prayer times. The mosque doesn’t hold Friday prayer. Sheikh Hussain Mosque There are many mosques in Bahrain, but this small mosque is one of the amazing Bahrain mosques. It is perfectly shaped with an extraordinary design, offers a modern look at the architecture of the ninth-century minaret tower in Samarra, Iraq, a city of great spiritual significance. The door of the beautifully carved wooden mosque is noteworthy. To know more about Bahrain: Pearl Diving: Experience Diving and Have a Precious Pearl Holidays in Bahrain: things to do on your next holiday Best Malls in Bahrain: Shopping in the Pearl of the Gulf
Described as the place ‘where the sun rises’ and ‘the land of the living’, The Dilmun civilization was an ancient civilization situated in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It was one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The capital of the Dilmun was located in the Gulf archipelago which is now the Kingdom of Bahrain; the Dilmun civilization was able to develop as a trade center due to its strategic location. It controlled the trading routes in the Arabian Gulf at the highest of its power. Despite its long history and its importance, very little is known about the Dilmun civilization, it is considered one of the greatest mysteries in history. Let’s take a look at this fascinating ancient civilization, and learn how people lived across the Gulf region in the old days. The Mythical Dilmun Dilmun is unique amidst other ancient civilizations in that it has two different stories, one story being that the civilization is entirely mythical, this story stems from the Sumerian mythology which mentions Dilmun as the mythical land of the gods. Dilmun was known as the bright and pure land in this mythological story. It was a paradise where sad and painful things like sickness and death did not exist at all. Its land was filled with divine water sources, these waters transformed it into a magical garden for the gods, where the mother goddess Ninhursag tended sacred plants. Due to its unbelievable beauty, many gods lived in Dilmun. Some say though that this story is actually about the garden of Eden, and that it does not refer to Dilmun at all, while others believe the Sumerians were fascinated with Dilmun because it had an abundance of natural springs transforming it into a lush green land amid the desert. The history of the real Dilmun From the fourth millennium to 800 BC, Dilmun was a significant trading center controlling the trading routes in the Gulf. The country was at its most prosperous during the first 300 years of the second millennium. Between 1000 BC and 800 BC though, Dilmun started losing its commercial power due to the piracy which flourished in the Gulf around that time. The ancient site of Qal’at al-Bahrain in the northwestern part of the island is considered to be the main harbor and the capital of Dilmun. This site features seven successive levels of settlement, and the oldest of them dates back to around 2300 BC. It also features a unique sea tower, which probably functioned as a lighthouse. This unique example of ancient maritime architecture is the only one of its kind in the region, together with the adjacent sea channel this clearly demonstrates the significance of this city in trade routes. Ancient trades Dilmun is mentioned in many other civilizations as a trade partner, or as the place where fine goods come from. Numerous sources can give us some idea of what was traded in those days. Some of the goods sent to Mesopotamia are precious woods, ivory, gold, and pearls from the Arabian Gulf, these goods were sent in exchange for silver, tin, textiles, olive oil and grains. In addition to that, the merchants of Dilmun had a monopoly on the copper trade, copper was brought from the mines of Oman and shipped to Mesopotamian cities. Historians can tell which civilizations had a trading history by looking at the types of the weights and measures used, if they have at some point used the same measures then they had a trading history. Dilmun had a long trading history with Mesopotamia and The Indus Valley. The Dilmun civilization More than just an important trade center, Dilmun comprised great agriculture due to the abundance of artesian waters in the area. In an ancient Sumerian text, Dilmun was described as a blessed, prosperous land dotted with great dwellings. The text also said that all the countries known to Sumerians brought their goods to Dilmun. We know that the Dilmuns believed in the after-life by their respect for the dead, they buried the dead with possessions such as tools, weapons, food, drinking vessels, and gold. This bears resemblance with the way the Pharaohs buried their dead, which tells us that the Dilmuns too believed that the dead will rise one day. The burial mounds of Saar The old settlement in Saar includes two main areas, a residential area and a cemetery where the inhabitants buried their dead. The city was established around a natural spring and had a complicated well, which proves that the existence of fresh water was one of the main reasons a great civilization had been established in the area. Showing all the components of a modern city, the site of the residential area features houses, restaurants, commercial outlets and a place of worship. People are mostly fascinated though with the ancient cemetery adjacent to the city. The complicated design and the sophistication with which it was built is very interesting. To learn more about ancient civilizations see also: Inca’s Civilization: Traditions, Aspects of life and Achievements of Ancient Incan People Mayan achievements: Inventions and History of Maya civilization Explore more: Travel packages in Bahrain
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