Bait al Safah - al Hamra, Oman

December 02, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Bayt al Safa RoomBayt al Safa RoomOne of the rooms in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

I recently had the chance to visit the Sultinate of Oman, and spend a few hours at Bait al Safah (which is sometimes transliterated into English as Bait al Safa, Bayt al Safah, or Beit al Safah).  Bait al Safah, which means "Safah's House" in Arabic, is a living museum of traditional Omani life in the town of al Hamra.  The three story house is about 400 years old and is built using the mud/clay bricks that were the common building material at the time. 

 

 

 

Bayt al Safa DisplayBayt al Safa DisplayOne of the displays in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

Bayt al SaffaBayt al SaffaOne of the guides in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

al Hamra is an interesting village about 2.5 hours from Muscat and 30 minutes from Nizwa, site of Oman's oft-visited fort.  In addition to Bait al Safah, al Hamra is home to Misfat al Abriyyin village, an old village built on the hillside with an ingenious series of waterworks irrigating a set of terraced gardens.

Bayt al Safa RoomBayt al Safa RoomOne of the rooms in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

 

Bayt al Safa DisplayBayt al Safa DisplayOne of the displays in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

The house is decorated with old furniture and decorations and in a room in the back of the house there are village people demonstrating the traditional ways to make oil from local nuts, roast and grind coffee, grind grains into flour, and bake the traditional rukhal bread.  Everyone was very welcoming and we had a great time. 

Bayt al Safa CoffeeBayt al Safa CoffeeOne of the guides demonstrates roasting and grinding coffee in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

 

Bayt al Safa BreadBayt al Safa BreadOne of the guides makes a traditional Omani Rukhal Bread in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

 

Bayt al Safa RoomBayt al Safa RoomOne of the rooms in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

 

We had not originally planned to visit the town of museum, but when we told our guide we were looking to understand what life in Oman used to be like he suggested we come here.  We are very glad he did as it turned out to the highlight of our trip.

 

 

 

Bayt al SaffaBayt al SaffaOne of the guides in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

 

Bayt al Safa RoomBayt al Safa RoomOne of the rooms in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

The museum itself is located in a section of town filled with the old mud brick buildings, most of which are abandoned and decaying.  The area itself is interesting to walk around to get a sense of what life was like in old Oman.

Bayt al Safa RoomBayt al Safa RoomOne of the rooms in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

Bayt al Safa SunlightBayt al Safa SunlightSunlight streams through the palm frond roof of a room in the Bayt al Safa (sometimes spelled Bait al Safa or Bait al Safah) museum in al Hamra, Oman. The museum is located in the quarter of town filled with abandoned mud/clay brick houses and shows daily tasks like producing oil from nuts, grinding flour, and making bread.

 

Click on the links for all my photos of Bait al Safah, al Hamra, and Oman. For more photos and information about Bait al Safah and al Hamra, see Juno Kim's RunawayJuno blog.

If you enjoy my photos, please feel free to browse this web site or my photos on flickr.


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