Desert Island Capital

Manama, Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain

Edwin, who is originally from the Philippines, sent me this postcard of downtown Manama. He says that much has changed since this picture was taken and put on a postcard. A statement that I can surely believe, as this part of the world seems to look different every time you see a picture of it, due to its vast oil wealth. Manama is the capital city of the tiny island nation of Bahrain and is home to approximately 155 000 people. This city has seen many turbulent days in its history and has had many masters. These include the Portuguese, Persians, Saudis and Omanis. The main island on which Manama is situated has been inhabited for at least 5000 years but the city itself was first chronicled around 1345. An old city indeed. I’m sure there are a lot of interesting stories to be told about this city of which I know so little. Thank you Edwin for an awesome city view. 

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