Al Muharraq

Mosque in Al Muharraq, Bahrain
Photo by: hussainshafei, Creative Commons

Al Muharraq, Bahrain is famous for the Muharraq Club. But aside from being famous in football, this city also has plenty of other treasures to be proud of. First off, it is the second largest city in the kingdom and actually served as the capital until 1923. The town of Muharraq was first built in the 17th century and had long been the center of religion.

The history of the city dates back 5000 years although it became well-known especially during the era of Tylos when the kingdom succumbed to the rule of the Selucid Greeks. This was the time when the city was the center of a pagan cult that was dedicated to the shark god. During this time, they worshipped a huge image of a shark in the middle of the city. However, the city became a center of Nestorian Christianity during the 5th century AD.

Bahrain International airport is situated on Al Muharraq. Near here is a man-made island named Amwaj Islands– teeming with large buildings, hotels, and lovely beaches. You will find yourself occupied with so many activities that they offer here.

If you love to shop for exotic handmade crafts, Al Muharraq has a traditional market called the souq where you can certainly find good buys for yourself and friends who can’t wait for you to get home.

When you are in Muharraq, you should visit historical spots like the Shaikh Isa Bin Ali House, the wind towers, the house of journalist Abdullah Al Zayed’s House, and the Arad Fort.

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