Beit al-Quran

Beit al-Quran information

Manama , Bahrain
Address
Street Sheikh Hamad Causeway
Extras access off Exhibition Ave
Telephone
+973 17 290 101
Opening hours
9am-noon & 4-6pm Sat-Wed, 9am-noon Thu
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Lonely Planet review

With its wrapping of carved Kufic script, the distinctive Beit al-Quran is a fine example of modern Bahraini architecture. It houses a large and striking collection of Qurans, manuscripts and woodcarvings and functions as a good introduction to Islam in general, and Islamic calligraphy in particular. Look out for the miniature Qurans, the smallest of which (from 18th-century Persia) measures only 4.7cm by 3.2cm. The exhibits are well labelled in English and can be superficially perused within an hour. The bookshop in the foyer sells crafts. Visitors should dress conservatively. The building is next to the Bahrain Red Crescent Society, but the main entrance and car park are at the back. Tours are often organised – call ahead to check.