Sheikh Hussain Mosque


There are mosques aplenty in Bahrain, but this tiny, perfectly formed Shia mosque has a wonderfully unusual curved design, providing a modern take on the architecture of the famous 9th-century spiralling Malwiya Tower minaret in Samarra, Iraq, a town of huge spiritual significance for many Shias. The mosque's beautifully carved wooden door is also noteworthy.

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1. Al Khamis Mosque

1.11 MILES

This might just be the oldest mosque in Bahrain. It is believed a mosque has stood here since the 8th century, though the current ruins, which include two…

2. Bahrain Fort & Museum

2.38 MILES

A 10-minute drive west of Manama, on an ancient tell (mound created by centuries of urban rebuilding), the majestic Bahrain Fort stares out across the…

3. Fish Market

2.71 MILES

Bahrain's main fish market kicks off even before the dawn call to prayer, when Manama's fishermen bring their fresh haul into this functional, white tile…

4. Manama Central Market

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Malls have conquered Manama in a big way, but the antidote lies in this earthy vestige of Old Bahrain, located off Lulu Ave. Fruit and veg dominates the…

5. A'Ali Royal Burial Mounds


There are more than 100,000 Dilmun-era burial mounds scattered across Bahrain, but none come close to the magnificence of these. That A'Ali was an…

6. Saar Temple & Burial Chambers

3.01 MILES

This extensive site boasts a Dilmun-era temple dating to 1900 BC, surrounded by a host of buildings yet to be formally identified. However, the most…

7. Pottery District

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8. Manama Craft Centre

3.24 MILES

Home to a variety of showrooms and workshops, this centre promotes the revival of traditional Bahraini crafts, such as weaving, palm-leaf paper making,…