Sumhuram Old City, Salalah

4.4
#2 of 7 in Historic Sites in Dhofar Governorate
Ruin · Tourist Spot
Creating a picturesque scene, the off-white ruins of Sumhuram Old City sit atop a small hill, once enclosed by limestone walls and overlooking the Wadi Darbat River. The city was a major port in its heyday, but was abandoned 500-600 years after its founding in the the first century. Passing through a small gateway into the surprisingly dense city ruins, you’ll come across inscriptions about the city's founding in ancient Arabic, along with what remains of the city's commercial, religious, and residential districts. Visit the nearby museum for information on frankincense and the area's ancient trade routes. With our online itinerary creator, Salalah attractions like Sumhuram Old City can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • A fascinating site dating back to the 3rd century BC with links to the Frankincense trade & the Queen of Sheba. Good facilities & plenty of signs giving you information about the different areas...  more »
  • This was really quiet when we visited and it is very impressive - partly restored and telling of the worldwide trade in frankincense that it was at the centre of. The visitor centre is super with...  more »

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