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I took this shot from exactly the same spot as my last post – the photograph of the letter writer’s shop – except this is looking 180 degrees in the other direction. It will give you an idea of what the backstreets of Muhurraq look like.

The brown building in the middle is Beit Seyadi (which means Seyadi House) which is one of the few remaining well preserved examples of 19th century architecture in Bahrain. The house used to belong to a wealthy pearl merchant (I assume his name must have been Seyadi but I couldn’t find any information to confirm that). Pearling was Bahrain’s main source of wealth before the discovery of oil.

On the left is an old mosque, with its condom-shaped minaret which must be typical of the early mosques in this region because I’ve seen similar ones further down the coast in Qatar and Abu Dhabi.

In the middle is the only other foreigner that I saw on my walk around Muhurraq – I like places like that – they don’t feel ‘touristy’ (maybe I should have asked him if he was a TrekEarther too). He was taking a photograph of the mosque, and had a decent looking SLR, so maybe we'll see his shot on TE too.

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