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Main Fortress Information

The Main Fortress, which dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, can be considered to be a remarkable example of the evolution of a military architectural construction and its successive improvements; including enlargement, the reinforcement of the curtain walls, the creation of interior boulevards designed for circulation and the deployment of artillery, and, finally, the construction of modern defense bastions based on the European models. All of these elements were designed to adapt the fort to the progress of weaponry and defense techniques. This huge architectural complex, surrounded by a wide and deep moat, occupies 2.6 hectares of the surface of Qal'at al-Bahrain archaeological tell. Its present form is the result of a long architectural development between the 15th and the early 17th century CE, which now, due to the long and heavy restoration work carried out by the administration of the Kingdom of Bahrain between 1988 and 2004, is now a major tourist attraction.




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