The walled city of Samhuram (aka Khor Rori, Sumhuram, Samharam) was founded in the 1st century AD as a port for the frankincense trade. It lied on a hill overlooking a lagoon, which acted a natural harbour. The nearby wadi flowing into the sea was a source of fresh water. Samhuram was most active until the 4th century AD. The ruins of the city were rediscovered in the late 19th century. The first excavations were carried out in the 1950s by the American Foundation for the study of Man. Samhuram can be easily reached by car from Salalah (40km to the east). It has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2000.

01 Samhuram 02 Samhuram 03 City walls
04 City walls 05 City walls 06 Samhuram ruins
07 Khor Rori lagoon 08 Khor Rori lagoon 09 Samhuram ruins
10 Samhuram ruins 11 Samhuram ruins 12 Samhuram ruins 13 Samhuram
14 Samhuram and Khor Rori lagoon 15 City walls and Khor Rori lagoon 16 Khor Rori lagoon
17 Ruins of storehouses 18 Ruins of storehouses 19 City walls 20 City walls
21 Buildings in Samhuram 22 Central square
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