Situated at the village of Al-Jasra on the west coast of Bahrain, Beit Al Jasra or Al Jasra House was constructed by Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulla Al Kalifa in 1907 and was later taken as a summer residence to Shaikh Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, ruler of Bahrain from 1942 to 1961. It was the birthplace of Shaikh Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa in July 1933.
The house was designed according to the traditional Bahraini architecture to suit the local environment. The local building material used included coral, gypsum and palm-tree trunks.
It consists of several rooms used for different purposed such as sitting, living family, kitchen and date juice extraction. All the rooms are traditionally furnished. A distinctive feature in the courtyard is the Seyam, a moderately elevated palm fronts terrace used for night rest.
When the family moved to Riffa later in the 1930’s, the building fell into disrepair, but it was restored in 1986 and is now open to the public.
Visited Al Jasra one sunny Saturday morning. The Al Jasra area was calm and peaceful with a gardner weeding away the garden. Courtyard was shady and cool. Weaving and Box Making were two workshops open. Doll making was closed down which was a bit disappointing. Generally, staff were lesser in number due to election day, I guess.
The golden-dates-borne date palm in the courtyard surprised everyone… and a real visual feast…
Pottery making was missed as it was not open… yet. However, the disappointment was soon forgotten while sitting on the wooden bench under the pergola soaking in the warm sun and a cool breeze…