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. Take a look at our Ramallah vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Dar Zahran Heritage Building and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • July 8, 2017
    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 »
  • May 28, 2017
    dar Zahran is not just a place to visit. It's a place where there is a friends waiting for you. You will feel like Zaharan is exactly waiting for your visit. He will make you feel home, offering you t...  more »
  • May 12, 2017
    A wonderfully eclectic time trip through the history and art of Ramallah and Palestine. The owner himself served us coffee and told us fascinating stories about how the house was built. An interesting...  more »
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  • April 16, 2017
    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!
  • May 22, 2017
    Nice building. Good coffee upper level
  • April 13, 2017
    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.
  • February 23, 2017
    Many different artistic and traditional items from Palestinian heritage
  • February 18, 2017
    So interresting! Do it!

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