Dar Zahran Heritage Building, Ramallah

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Acquaint yourself with local history at Dar Zahran Heritage Building, which covers centuries' worth of Arab Christian ancestry. Before Ramallah grew into a thriving city, this stately home was the permanent residence of the village's leader or mukhtar, and has remained in the family for the last 250 years. Enter through a colorful courtyard of plants, where one of the Dar Zahran Jaghab descendants will welcome you in to tour the property. Wander through the art gallery and photo exhibit, documenting the lives, fashion, and landscape of Ramallah from 1850 to 1979. A souvenir shop offers a wide selection of Fair Trade authentic Palestinian goods and foods. To find out how to plan a trip to Ramallah, use our trip itinerary maker.
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  • It’s only an old house! Used as a souvenir shop With very small amount of history Quite with some decoration plants Sometimes there are activities in the place  more »
  • Very nice old tools and appliances, into an old building on the main street of Ramallah. Makes you imagining the previous times of the Palestinian life.  more »
  • Nice place to get some information about traditional life in Ramallah, small painting exhibition, great souvenir shop with art and stuff by local artists, warmhearted and openminded guy gives you info...  more »
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  • The guy that runs this museum/gallery is so passionate about both Ramallah history and about hospitality. On arrival he offered us tea or coffee. Then gave us a personal tour of the place. After we had finished looking round he offered more tea or for us to just hang out if we wished. When we left he had bagged up a few little sweets and chocolates..... And all of this with no entry cost!
  • Nice building. Good coffee upper level
  • It is a shame that this cultural heritage site denied access to most Palestinians when I went there on a visit, with a clear sign (A-4 paper) in Arabic, which is plastered to a stand right outside just before the steps, that says "members only, and all other foreign nationals". I did not check to see if the sign is now removed or not, I personally now know how unprofessional and unpatriotic the owner actually is. I rate them with a one-star for that sole reason. I had the door shut in my face twice before I noticed the sign on my way out, not planning to go back.
  • Many different artistic and traditional items from Palestinian heritage
  • So interresting! Do it!

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While not large in number, the range of hotels within Ramallah covers every travel budget. Choose from premium establishments frequented by business officials and diplomats, and welcoming, laid-back hostels offering free daily city tours and 24-hour check-ins. Several moderately priced chain hotels also populate the city center. Because of the city's small size, almost all of Ramallah's accommodation options lie in the center, within walking distance to the lively square and charming old town.
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