Top Religious Buildings (Self Guided), Manama

Manama is a primarily Islamic city and is home to a number of mosques, which are each unique in their own way. The city's mosques are more than just places of worship; they are architectural masterpieces and vivid examples of Bahrain's culture and religion. Don't leave Manama without visiting the splendid mosques and religious buildings found on this walking tour.
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Top Religious Buildings Map

Guide Name: Top Religious Buildings
Guide Location: Bahrain » Manama (See other walking tours in Manama)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Author: ellen
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Abu Bakr Siddeeq Mosque
  • Beit Al-Qur'an Mosque
  • National Evangelical Church
  • Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque
  • Sacred Heart Church
  • Gudaibiya Mosque
  • Al-Fateh Mosque (Great Mosque)
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Abu Bakr Siddeeq Mosque

1) Abu Bakr Siddeeq Mosque

The Abu Bakr Siddeeq Mosque is named in honor of the first caliph of the Muslim Empire. During the course of his rule, Islam expanded throughout Arabia as a powerful political and military force. The mosque is located in the Hoora District, one of the busiest and most popular districts in Manama. The Abu Bakr Mosque is a unique landmark that attracts many Islamic worshipers.
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Beit Al-Qur'an Mosque

2) Beit Al-Qur'an Mosque (must see)

The Beit Al Qur’an Mosque, or House of the Holy Koran, is a formidable structure built in the Classical Arabic style with sacred Koran suras on the walls. The mosque has a library and a rare collection of Islamic manuscripts. The edifice is crowned by a beautiful stained glass dome. The mosque is supported totally by public donations.
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National Evangelical Church

3) National Evangelical Church

The National Evangelical Church is a Christian church that dates back to the 19th century. The church was built when Christian Medical Missionaries of the Reformed Church of America came to Bahrain. The organization also established the American Mission Hospital, which is located near the church. The National Evangelical Church welcomes worshipers of all different nationalities.
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Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque

4) Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque

The Matam Ajam Al Kabeer Mosque is one of the most attractive religious buildings in Manama. It was first mentioned officially in 1881. The building is extraordinarily beautiful, with a brightly colored facade, traditional ornamentation and a grand dome. Many Iranian worshipers come here to pray. As Persians have arrived in Bahrain, they have brought with them the Baha'i Faith, which is practiced at this mosque.
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Sacred Heart Church

5) Sacred Heart Church

The Sacred Heart Church is a Roman Catholic parish in Manama. It is one of only two Catholic churches in Bahrain. The Sacred Heart Church serves an estimated 140,000 people. The foundation stone for the new church was laid on June 9, 1940. Within a few months, the church, the priest's residence, and a small school were built. The church was formally blessed on March 3, 1940. The parish was the first of its kind in the Persian Gulf. The church currently caters to the large expatriate population in Bahrain. The parish consists of Indians, Filipinos, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Arabs (mostly from Lebanon but also from Palestine and Syria). The main language used in services is English, although there are services conducted in Arabic, Malayalam, Tamil, Konkani, Tagalog, Telugu, and Sinhalese.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gudaibiya Mosque

6) Gudaibiya Mosque

The Gudaibiya Mosque is an architectural masterpiece located near Gudaibiya Palace. Built of pure white stone, the mosque resembles a flower. The mosque was built in the traditional Islamic style, but is distinguished by its exquisite architecture. Gudaibiya Mosque welcomes Muslims and people of other faiths to worship in this place of peace and harmony.
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Al-Fateh Mosque (Great Mosque)

7) Al-Fateh Mosque (Great Mosque) (must see)

The Al-Fateh Mosque (also known as Al-Fateh Islamic Center & Al Fateh Grand Mosque) is one of the largest mosques in the world, with the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers at a time. It is located next to the King Faisal Highway in Juffair, which is a town located in the capital city of Manama.

The huge dome built on top of the Al-Fatih Mosque is made of pure fiberglass. Weighting over 60 t (60,000 kg), the dome is currently the worlds largest fibreglass dome. The marble used in the floors is Italian, while the chandelier is from Austria. Throughout the Mosque, there are calligraphy writings, in a very old type of style called Kufic. Al-Fateh now includes the new National Library which opened to the public in 2006. The mosque was built by the late Sheikh Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifa in 1987. It is named after Ahmed Al Fateh, the conqueror of Bahrain.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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