Dar Zahran Heritage Building

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Dar Zahran Heritage Building

Dar Zahran Heritage Building
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Historic Sites • History Museums
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11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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1- Dar Zahran Heritage Building: Attractive, historic building with a unique history. For 250 years, this building has been the property of the Ramallite Dar Zahran Jaghab family, serving as a family home, guest chamber, and the place of residence of Ramallah's" Mukhtar" (leader). It includes an art gallery, a photo gallery of Ramallah from 1850 to 1979, a souvenir shop and a Fair Trade corner selling authentic Palestinian food products, embroidery and jewelry. Visit Dar Zahran to experience a journey through centuries of Arab Christian life in Palestine. Location: Old City, opposite Arab Bank branch Al- Balad branch- Ramallah Al-Tahta. 2- Tarfidia is considered to be a historic area of great significance to Palestinian heritage in the city of Ramallah. The name Tarfidia originates from Latin, meaning faithful and sincere. This narrow valley is situated between two mountains, in which ancient Roman olive trees flourish, as well as pine, oak, eucalyptus, figs, peaches, almonds, apricots, grape vines and wild herbs such as thyme and sage. Ruins in Tarfidia indicate that it was once the site of a Roman village. In the valley there are rock carvings and wildlife, as well as "palaces" that serve agricultural purposes. Referred to as al-manatir, these are important historical monuments to the traditional lives of Palestinian society. There was also a spring of water that used to provide fresh, pure water to the area. The continued survival of Tarfidia as an authentic ecological microcosm is under threat from dwindling water supplies, urban development and competition for land. We invite you to visit Tarfidia, and to experience Palestinian cultural and historical heritage in this area.
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snazzysimmy
Blackrock, Ireland5 contributions
One of the things which impressed me most on this trip to Palestine was the number of new Palestinian museums which have opened. They did not exist 14 years ago and I really enjoyed spending my first few days visiting them.

Dar Al Zahran is one of these special museums which everyone should visit.

The Dar Zahran heritage building is an attractive historic building in Ramallah Al-Tahta. The house is a distinctive symbol of Palestinian life and culture and of a return to authentic cultural heritage.

For 250 years, this building has been the property of Ramallah’s Jaghab family, serving as a family home, guestchamber (Al-Madafeh), and the place of residence of Ramallah’s elder (Mukhtar).

Today it hosts an art gallery, a photo gallery of Ramallah from 1850 to 1979, a souvenir shop, and a Fairtrade corner selling authentic Palestinian food products, embroidery, pottery, books, and jewelry.

" It is a place where you can enjoy a journey through centuries of Palestinian life, taking a peek into the history and traditions of old Palestine to the modern day. Dar Al Zahran allows you to experience the life, love and culture of Palestine more specifically Ramallah through food, art, expression and creativity. "

The owner of the museum, Zahran, was also an absolute delight and greeted us with tea and sweets whilst sharing the history of the place. Definitely a top class attraction which must not be missed.
Written August 15, 2022
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Miranda M
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I loved my experience at Dar Zahran! It is so important to visit this house when you come to Palestine, to understand the Palestinian perspective and learn about what the people have been through. You can do all this here while also admiring the beauty and resilience of Palestinian culture.

Zahran is incredibly friendly and welcoming. He is also extremely knowledgable about the history and current situation in Palestine and will spend time explaining interesting and important information to his guests. The house is beautiful and historic. It is filled with paintings by the famous artists Ismail Shammout and Tamam Arif al-Akhal and other artifacts.

This place is very special! Thank you so much to Zahran for opening up his family home and sharing his experience with the world. Every one that comes through is guaranteed to learn something.
Written August 15, 2022
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Simon
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Zahran is a wonderful host and has created a great place to visit. It's beautiful building and has some excellent art being exhibited. Zahran can tell you all about the history of the area and his plans to continue building a cultural center. Highly recommend!
Written March 22, 2022
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Caitlin B
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Business
I visited twice whilst over in Ramallah for a dance festival; once with my mother and then again with my dance company. A wonderful example of Palestinian hospitality and history and a little sanctuary in bustling Ramallah. Well worth a visit with a great little gift shop with the dancers loved!
Written August 15, 2022
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Sonia Shah
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia21 contributions
Solo
Really enjoyed my visit to Dar Zahran. Zahran gave me a lot of his time and he gives you a good insight into the current situation in Palestine . His heritage centre is worth visiting and insightful . Worth the visit if you want to have a great interaction with a local
Written August 15, 2022
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Alexandra A
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Solo
Dar Zahran Heritage Building is a must seen if you are in Ramallah. The host is so nice and you can learn from the history of Palestine over a cup of tea and cookies. Inside there are paintings, pictures of how was life in Palestine long ago. You can also get nice souvenirs from the shop. It is a place, to learn, chat and take a break while visiting the city. Totally recommended :)
Written August 14, 2022
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RSNBABA
Rotterdam, The Netherlands40 contributions
Couples
If you want to get to know the history of Palestina better you have to come to Dar Zahran. You can see how they used to live back then and how they dressed. There are beautiful pictures of back then. Also the host is very nice and he will give you A warm welcome. The warm Coffee or thea and delights are waiting for you over There.

Greets from Turkey
Written March 26, 2016
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Manal A
Ramallah, null, Palestine7 contributions
Friends
Very attractive and interesting place, shows the beautiful heritage and culture of Palestine. Owner is great and very helpful, and the stuff sold are just gorgeous, THE BEST place to get souvenirs and nice gifts from Palestine to where-ever you are in the world. Definitely a worth stop!
Written June 23, 2013
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Rania K
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6 contributions
Family
The building is located across the street from the old Ramallah Museum in Palestine. Its actually 3 old homes dating back to over 200 years old which have been wonderfully restored by the ower, and descendent of the Zahran family, Mr. Zahran Jagheb. It has a great gift shop where you can find unique handmade items created by local artists. This is great because it not only provides opportunities for visitors to purchase unique items but also because the proceeds support Dar Zahran as well as the local artists living in Palestine. Additionally, there is 2 level gallery that hosts exhibitions. Currently, there are paintings on display created by a Palestinian Artist, Nabeel Muaddi which are unlike anything I've seen before. If you have the opportunity to visit Dar Zahran, please do so. You will not be disappointed. Zahran Jagheb, the owner is a very nice and friendly man who is eager to meet and discuss with visitors, the unique history of the premises. He has old photos on display throughout the gallery which date back to over 100 years old, many from Ramallah so that you could see how the people lived and what their customs were back then. It's all quite fascinating.
Written June 23, 2013
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Alexandra
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Solo
A week ago I visited Dar Zahran Heritage building located in Ramallah Al-Tahta (old city of Ramallah). The building has been in the possession of a Christian family originally from Ramallah for 250 years. The owner of the building was very kind to invite me for a cup of coffee and sweets as we were discussed the history of the building and issues surrounding the heritage sector in Palestine.

One of the most mind-boggling topics we talked about is the propaganda that is being spread around that the Palestine is a dangerous place for tourists, and those are usually tourists are coming from Israel for just one day and they don't even buy one bottle of water just because someone told them that water is not clean in the occupied territories.

This is a sad reality for Palestinians living under occupation. I invite everyone to visit the Palestine and I’m sure you will be surprised with how kind people are and the rich and diverse history of the place is!
Written July 25, 2019
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