Reclaimed Land and the two Seas : : Bahrain

ARCHITECTEM contributor Ali Lari delves in narratives of ownership, inaccessible coastlines, and loss in Damestan, a small village in the island Kingdom of Bahrain. “This is not the story of a village in Bahrain rather the story of Bahrain in a villageā€¦ This is the story of two seas.”

The 2 Seas, Bahrain

Bahrain – an archipelago of 33 islands [and growing], historically known as Dilmun, stood a fertile agricultural island and important trading route.

Bahrain is the sea. Bahrain literally means ‘two seas’.

The splendor of the island, with its fresh ground water feeding her lush green landscape was why Bahrain, then Dilmun, was known as the Garden of Eden in the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.

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