There is no public transport to the Fort, so I got there by renting a car (you pretty much need one to get around Bahrain as a tourist anyway) and using GPS. It was 40 degrees and a gusty wind was hurling sand all over the place but that didn't detract from the awesomeness that is the Fort, museum and cafe!
The Fort has been restored in parts in a really clever and aesthetic way. In some sections in particular they have allowed artists to install works to reflect the history and culture of the site (Bahrain has a known history of over 4000 years). In one part of the fort you enter a massive web and hear whispers and chatter from the past. In another, glass beads organised in rows on the clay floor light up to represent the production of date juice. And in another you are drawn to a well containing layers and layers of Arabic calligraphy. Really beautiful stuff!
The museum is really well designed and has a large but interesting range of artefacts and explanatory panels.
The cafe has one of the nicest views in Manama. There is no menu and the options were limited so I had to settle for a softdrink.
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