The Museum of Islamic Art is located in the south side of the old town

The Museum of Islamic Art is located in the south side of the old town

This museum is modern and tastefully organised to show the Islamic past in Mertola

This museum is modern and tastefully organised to show the Islamic past in Mertola

Interior of the Islamic Art Museum Mertola

Interior of the Islamic Art Museum Mertola

The exhibitions are displayed on two floors, covering the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula

The exhibitions are displayed on two floors, covering the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula

The Islamic Art Museum is situated inside former granary of Braganca House

The Islamic Art Museum is situated inside former granary of Braganca House

I was told that these walls inside the museum, once were part of the city's defensive system

I was told that these walls inside the museum, once were part of the city's defensive system

These large ceramic pots were used to store grains and liquids

These large ceramic pots were used to store grains and liquids

The Islamic culture and art flourished in al-Andalus during the Muslim rule from 8th -13th centuries

The Islamic culture and art flourished in al-Andalus during the Muslim rule from 8th -13th centuries

The capital shown in the middle of the photograph is from the 12th century Almohad period

The capital shown in the middle of the photograph is from the 12th century Almohad period

Ceramic plates are made by using the cuerda seca technique

Ceramic plates are made by using the cuerda seca technique

Cuerda seca is a technique which involves the applying of colour glazes to the ceramic surface

Cuerda seca is a technique which involves the applying of colour glazes to the ceramic surface

This technique was mastered by the Muslims in Spain & Portugal (formerly known as al-Andalus)

This technique was mastered by the Muslims in Spain & Portugal (formerly known as al-Andalus)

This model shows how a typical house would have looked like during the Muslim period

This model shows how a typical house would have looked like during the Muslim period

A model of a house from the Muslim period - seen from the above

A model of a house from the Muslim period - seen from the above

This is the model of the Almohad mosque in Mertola, now it is called the Matriz Church

This is the model of the Almohad mosque in Mertola, now it is called the Matriz Church

Roof  of the this former mosque was changed in the 16th century but some of the original structure has survived to this day

Roof of the this former mosque was changed in the 16th century but some of the original structure has survived to this day

This models shows that old minaret is same as of today the only difference is the bells at the top

This models shows that old minaret is same as of today the only difference is the bells at the top

A lintel from the Muslim period (12th century) has Arabic inscription on it

A lintel from the Muslim period (12th century) has Arabic inscription on it

A staircase is installed beside the old walls, inside the museum

A staircase is installed beside the old walls, inside the museum

A funeral tombstones on display - the Arabic translation is ' In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Peace on Him and Muhammad'

A funeral tombstones on display - the Arabic translation is ' In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, Peace on Him and Muhammad'

This inscription from Koran praises Allah and how He knows about everything

This inscription from Koran praises Allah and how He knows about everything

In the Islamic culture, death is taken as an order or will of God and He is the one who controls everything

In the Islamic culture, death is taken as an order or will of God and He is the one who controls everything

This tombstone shows the name of the deceased as Ishaq bin Firas, who passed away in Rajab 346 Hijri

This tombstone shows the name of the deceased as Ishaq bin Firas, who passed away in Rajab 346 Hijri

A capital on display from the Muslim period

A capital on display from the Muslim period

The birds and animals drawn in this plate are also shown on the sign of Metola town

The birds and animals drawn in this plate are also shown on the sign of Metola town

A staircase brings visitors to the upper level of the museum

A staircase brings visitors to the upper level of the museum

Here items made from the ceramic are on display

Here items made from the ceramic are on display

These items are considered to be one of the best preserved in Portugal

These items are considered to be one of the best preserved in Portugal

Most of these objects are from the 9th to the 13th centuries

Most of these objects are from the 9th to the 13th centuries

The one thing which I missed about these displays was that there were no name tags beside the items

The one thing which I missed about these displays was that there were no name tags beside the items

There were few on the lower floor but all of them were in the Portuguese language

There were few on the lower floor but all of them were in the Portuguese language

Some of these items were used in weaving and also playing the games

Some of these items were used in weaving and also playing the games

Without any information, it was hard to figure out, what purpose these objects were used for

Without any information, it was hard to figure out, what purpose these objects were used for

But still, a visit to this museum offers an insight into the Muslim culture of Mertola

But still, a visit to this museum offers an insight into the Muslim culture of Mertola

One of the finest ceramic were produced in this region

One of the finest ceramic were produced in this region

Most of these utensils were used in the kitchen, to prepare, cook and store foods

Most of these utensils were used in the kitchen, to prepare, cook and store foods

Few broken fragments of glass on display inside the museum

Few broken fragments of glass on display inside the museum

Oil lamps on display - lamps were an important social status in a society in the past

Oil lamps on display - lamps were an important social status in a society in the past

Piecees of ceramic placed together to make this beautiful jug

Piecees of ceramic placed together to make this beautiful jug

Contets of the museum seen from one of the arches in the museum

Contets of the museum seen from one of the arches in the museum