La Fontaine Centre for Contemporary Art


Showcasing regional and international contemporary artists, this beautiful space hosts regular exhibitions. The venue is a magnificent elaboration of a 19th-century Bahraini town house, with many features typical of Gulf Islamic architecture, including covered colonnades, archways and the signature fountain. The complex also includes an amphitheatre, a fine-dining restaurant and one of the city's best spas.

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5. Beit Al Quran


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