- A’ali Pottery
Traditional pottery workshops can still be found in A’ali, where pieces are made using traditional methods that have been passed down from generation to generation. The artisan potters use a mixture of mud and water that is placed on a revolving wheel. It’s not as easy as it looks… but visitors are sometimes able to have a go.
- Al Fateh Grand Mosque
The Al-Fateh Mosque is located in Juffair, Manama and is part of an Islamic centre, which includes the mosque, a department for Qur’anic studies and an Islamic library. The Al-Fateh Mosque is one of the largest mosques in the world, having the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time.
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- Al Jasra Handicraft Centre
In 1990, Al Jasra Handicrafts Centre was established to help preserve Bahrain’s local crafts and heritage, including as textiles, woodwork and basket weaving. The Centre holds workshops so visitors can see the traditional crafts taking place and the local women are pleased for you to sit and watch them work.
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- Al Khamis Mosque
Built around 692 AD, Al Khamis Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world. The identical twin minarets on this ancient Islamic monument make it easily recognizable. The foundation dates back to the 11th century and has been rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this reconstruction the twin minarets were added.
- Bahrain National Museum
There’s plenty to keep the family amused for several hours here. There are nine halls that take you on a 4000-year journey through time. See the traditional handicrafts, burial mounds, ancient documents and manuscripts, Tylos hall, Islamic period hall and, our favourite, the customs and traditions hall.
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- Bait Siyadi Pearl Merchant’s House
This is a lovely example of a Pearl Merchant’s House from 19th Century Muharraq. The local architecture and design, which has been sensitively refurbished, shows stained-glass, carved screens and ornate ceilings. Part of Bahrain’s Pearling Trail, a UNESCO Heritage site.
- Barbar Temple
Barbar Temple is a very small archeological site in the residential area of Barbar, off the Budaiya Highway. The temple contains two altars and a natural water spring that is thought to have held spiritual significance for the worshippers. During the excavation of the site many tools, weapons, pottery and small pieces of gold were found which are now on display in the Bahrain National Museum.
- Basket Weaving
Tucked away in the village of Karbabad, you’ll find basket weaving is still practiced using traditional techniques. There is a small workshop in the village and you can see where date palm leaves are used to make items such as mats, baskets and small dishes and where the crafts are for sale.