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Old Houses of Muharraq

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Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House: Sun - Tue, 8:00am - 2:00pm, Wed - Sat, 9:00am - 6:00pm, Fri, 3:00pm - 6:00pm Shaikh Ebrahim Centre: Sat -Thur, 9:00am - 1:00pm, 4:00pm- 7:00pm
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Muharraq, the former capital of Bahrain, is known for its cultural contributions through the many restored traditional Bahraini houses that can be found amidst the narrow lanes and byways. The Sheikh Isa bin Ali House is Bahrain’s most impressive example of Gulf Islamic architecture featuring four courtyards, beautifully carved wooden doors, and perforated gypsum panels.

The Sheikh Ebrahim Bin Mohamed Al Khalifa Center for Culture and Research provides an important insight into several particularly interesting aspects of Bahrain’s heritage. From embroidery at Kurar House to a splendid showcase of Bahrain’s pearling history at the Bin Matar House, the former home of a renowned pearl merchant, the various houses reflect Sheikh Ebrahim Center’s commitment towards preservation of both traditional architect and history.

The collection of houses include the Sheikh Ebrahim Lecture Hall, Iqra Children’s Library, Heraf al Diyar, Nukhida House (the first house to be restored along the Pearling Path), Kurar House, Abdullah al Zayed House, Bin Matar House, Bu Zaboon House, Mohammed bin Faris House that all showcase different aspects of Bahrain’s rich heritage.

Maison Jamsheer, another example of the traditional courtyard houses, which is situated a stone’s throw away from Sheikh Ebrahim Center.

Old Houses of Muharraq