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“Archaeological Park”

Al Balid Archeological Site
Ranked #11 of 42 things to do in Salalah
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed October 6, 2016

Years ago, I worked on this site and much of our work was excavating the citadel, which is probably one of the main features of al-Balid. What you see today was nothing but mounds of dirt and rubble a few decades ago, and the work that has been done since has exposed the walls and uncovered many of the structures that are now visible. The majority of the artifacts that have been uncovered, at least in the projects I worked on, are put in the museum on the east end of the park.

It's great that the Sultanate has made such an effort to preserve and restore this town. I hope to see it again someday.

1  Thank Ryan B
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Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

This site opens at 2pm which is good timing for the sunset...to view the historical site and before going to another nearby historical site

Thank Aubrey R
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Reviewed October 2, 2016

Really this site has to be viewed with the nearby Frankincense Land museum to set it in context, but it is a very interesting window into Oman's trading past, and future excavations will continue to shed light on this fascinating site. Well worth a look.

Thank shaggyd0g1
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Reviewed September 20, 2016

Al Balid Archeological Site shows the early traditional design of Omani city. This park includes city wall, a dam, animal shelter, old houses, Masjids and also a place of worship (not a Masjid). There is golf cart which takes you around the park and stops for few minutes at each site, but i would recommend to go by foot (I believe the whole round is about 2.5-3 KMs) so you have more time to explore. You will need to buy the ticket (per person is 1/2 Rial + 2 Rial for Car parking) in both cases. Apart from the city, there are 2 halls, the marine hall which showcases the traditional boats used by Omanis and the other hall know as the History hall where the early Quran is kept along with articles of islamic and Omani history.

It's a great place to visit and keep atleast 2-3 hours to experience it completely. It's always good to know about history and update your knowledge. Definitely recommended for all type of people.

Thank Peace_Dude84
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Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

This is the site of a the Middle Age settlement al-Baleed , probably meaning town in Arabic.It is still being excavated .
This used to be a port city with palaces , mosks and a waterway for the boats.
The town used to be walled and gated and used to be surrounded by trenches that can still be seen.
We were told that the city had many mosqs, you can still see the remains of a mosq pillars.

We were told that this old town could have disappeared under new development, hadn't it been for the rumours that the area was haunted and that ghosts were seen in the site!!!
Containers loaded with rmains that are awaiting to be sorted out before being displayed in the Frankincense Museum just within this Al Baleed archeological site .(this museum is a must visit, see its review separately).
This site has been classified as World Heritage by the UNESCO.

1  Thank eljedm
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