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House of the Quran (Beit Al Quran) description and photos - Bahrain: Manama. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Beit Al Quran.
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The Quran House is located in Manama and is the world's most famous museum dedicated entirely to the Quran. The building, built and opened to the public in March 1990, is designed in the architectural style characteristic of Islam.
Beit Al-Quran is a repository of ancient manuscripts of the Holy Scriptures, which were collected from all over the Islamic world, as well as brought from North Africa, Iran, India and even China. It contains many great Islamic artifacts, jewelry and gold-decorated glassware.
The building itself is low, with a minaret and a flat roof, surrounded by trees and very much like a mosque. Suras from the Koran are carved on the wall of the museum and on the entire surface of the minaret. The erection of Beit Al-Quran was carried out with voluntary donations from the population of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The tradition of financial participation in the life of the museum continues to this day - for the entrance to the halls, visitors are invited to make voluntary donations.
The central hall is a high-ceilinged room with round stained glass windows made of colored squares of glass. On the right is a fountain and benches on the sides. Light shining through a large glass door and multicolored windows whimsically paints the walls and stairs of the second floor in shades of blue, green, red and yellow. In total, the museum has 10 halls, several classrooms, a library, a lecture hall and a mosque. Mihrab is decorated with blue tiles.
The main part of the collection consists of a private collection of books and manuscripts of the founder of the museum, Dr. Abdul-Latif Jassim Kanu. Some examples date from the 7th century, the beginning of the spread of Islam in the region. Most of the books are real works of art, with incredibly beautiful calligraphy, some are huge, some are so small that you need a magnifying glass to see them. A separate exposition - grains of peas and rice with suras of the Koran written on them.
The museum is open during certain hours on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the library is open constantly on weekdays.
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