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Dar Zahran Heritage Building

The Old City, Ramallah 970, Palestinian Territories
+970 2 296 3470
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A visit into Ramallah’s history

I visited this place twice with friends and Zahran explained in detail how the house was used and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
LamaObeid
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West Bank, Palestinian Territories
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A must-go in Ramallah!

Zahran was a wonderful host; he offered us coffee and his time telling us the story of the building... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
B9652GTamyl
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Norfolk, Virginia
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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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The Old City, Ramallah 970, Palestinian Territories
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+970 2 296 3470
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited this place twice with friends and Zahran explained in detail how the house was used and how his family lived there. He has renovated the house and turned it into a small museum and gallery usually having artwork from different Palestinian artists. There...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zahran was a wonderful host; he offered us coffee and his time telling us the story of the building and of his history, expecting nothing in return. His generosity and kindness were things I will forever remember about Ramallah. Thank you, friend, for taking the...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was part of Palestinian culture to build a community guest house for visitors coming to town. Dar Zahran was one such building, now a small gallery full of artistry from Palestine, both traditional and modern. For example, ceramics, Hebron glass, olive oil soap, calligraphy,...More

Thank Robin A
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Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

I have had a phenomenal experience at this beautiful place. The galleries are inspiring and the owner is truly friendly and talkative.

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

Would highly recommend the Dar Zahran heritage building if you're in Ramallah, it was the definitely one of our most interesting visits while in Palestine and more generally in the region. The house is beautifully preserved and presents a brilliant exhibition of traditional Palestinian life...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2018

Dar Zahran is one of those places you want to go more than once: because of the traditions and cultura heritage of palestinian history in it. The owner is constantly looking for improving the place and also gives place for local artists and handcrafts, all...More

Thank Fatima Z
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

Dar Zahran is absolutely lovely, and a must-see look into the history of Ramallah. The house is beautiful, the owner kind and welcoming, and the art inside stunning.

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Reviewed June 26, 2018

Dar Zahran Heritage building is an interesting place to see in Ramallah. Nice atmosphere surrounds plenty of information about Palestines history and current political issues, also amazing artwork exhibitions dealing with these topics can be found there. The owner Zahran Jaghab is a nice and...More

Thank Anja W
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Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

Really beautiful paintings, lot of information about Palestinian history and heritage and great hospitality. I strongly recommend to go there if you are in Ramallah. I will come back !

Thank Alice M
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

Stopping by Zahran Y. Jaghab's place is a pleasure that you don't expect: you can take a rest from the hot outside being invited to an Arabic coffee by the descendant of one of the first families ever established in Ramallah. The pristine house is...More

Thank Simone R
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