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Al Khamis Mosque Tour

Al Khamis Mosque Tour Packages
Country: Bahrain
City: Manama
Duration: 3 Hour(s) - 30 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Half Day Tour

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Tour on what they believed to be the first mosque in Bahrain. Built around 692 AD, Al Khamis Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in the Arab world. The identical twin minarets on this ancient Islamic monument make it easily recognizable. The foundation dates back to the 11th century and has been rebuilt in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this reconstruction, the twin minarets were added.

Open to the public from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily.

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It is considered to be one of the oldest mosques in the region, as its foundation is believed to have been laid as early as 692 CE. An inscription found on the site, however, suggests a foundation date of sometime during the 11th century. It has since been rebuilt twice in both the 14th and 15th centuries when the minarets were constructed. The Khamis mosque has been partially restored recently.

The Present Building has two main Phases:

An early prayer hall with a flat roof supported by wooden columns dated to the 14th century.

A later section of the flat roof was added, supported on arches resting on thick masonry piers (which have been dated to 1339

Islam was propagated to Bahrain in the 7th century CE when Muhammad sent an envoy Al-Ala'a Al-Hadrami, preaching Islam to the Governor of Qatar and Bahrain at the time, Munzir ibn Sawa Al Tamimi.

Mihrab Slab

Mihrab slab was a limestone slab, in the form of a mihrab. The slab was discovered during restoration works on the mosque and is believed to have originated from the 12th century CE. Inscriptions of two verses from the Qur'an are present on the slab, Qur'anic surah XXI, verses 34–35, which are normally used on gravestones.

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