A sign outside the Islamic Centre of Tavira Museum (locally known as Nucleo Islamico)

A sign outside the Islamic Centre of Tavira Museum (locally known as Nucleo Islamico)

Located close to the Roman Bridge, this museum was opened on 23 February 2012 at the cost of 2 million

Located close to the Roman Bridge, this museum was opened on 23 February 2012 at the cost of 2 million

Dubbed as the 'Caliphate Capital' is a capital of column from the Muslim period

Dubbed as the 'Caliphate Capital' is a capital of column from the Muslim period

Both items on display here are from the 11th century, the pot to the left was found at the Parque de Festas, while the cup to the right was found at this location (BNU)

Both items on display here are from the 11th century, the pot to the left was found at the Parque de Festas, while the cup to the right was found at this location (BNU)

A round base of a tall lamp is shown to the left, while an inksatnd to the right were found at the Garden of the Moors in Tavira

A round base of a tall lamp is shown to the left, while an inksatnd to the right were found at the Garden of the Moors in Tavira

A 12th century roof tile on display - this small but modern museum exhibits impressive Islamic pieces

A 12th century roof tile on display - this small but modern museum exhibits impressive Islamic pieces

One of the most famous items on display is the Tavira Vase, which was found in the old town (BNU)

One of the most famous items on display is the Tavira Vase, which was found in the old town (BNU)

This vessel made from red clay, the water would run through the channel and then be poured into the interior of the vase through eight of the 14 figurines standing around its edge

This vessel made from red clay, the water would run through the channel and then be poured into the interior of the vase through eight of the 14 figurines standing around its edge

Two armed and mounted warriors with an archer, stand beside a woman on horseback. Two musicians, may represent a wedding ceremony, five animals, four of which remain: a bovine, a camel, a deer, another camel and a lion. A flock of doves is perched on the funnel-neck

Two armed and mounted warriors with an archer, stand beside a woman on horseback. Two musicians, may represent a wedding ceremony, five animals, four of which remain: a bovine, a camel, a deer, another camel and a lion. A flock of doves is perched on the funnel-neck

One of the biggest hurdle in this museum was that all details of the displays were written in Portuguese

One of the biggest hurdle in this museum was that all details of the displays were written in Portuguese

Nearly all of these items on display are from the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries

Nearly all of these items on display are from the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries

An oil lamp from the Muslim era - 500 years of Muslim rule in Portugal has left a great influence on the agriculture, architecture and culture of the area and Tavira is no exception

An oil lamp from the Muslim era - 500 years of Muslim rule in Portugal has left a great influence on the agriculture, architecture and culture of the area and Tavira is no exception

Many pieces were discovered on the site in the 1990s during renovations of a former bank building (BNU)

Many pieces were discovered on the site in the 1990s during renovations of a former bank building (BNU)

There is a short video shown on the Muslim history of Tavira and how town had looked like in the past

There is a short video shown on the Muslim history of Tavira and how town had looked like in the past

After entering this delightful museum, one could imagine how Tavira was prosperous in the past

After entering this delightful museum, one could imagine how Tavira was prosperous in the past

Tavira was the port closest to the Moroccan coast, so trade flourished

Tavira was the port closest to the Moroccan coast, so trade flourished

Tabira (Arabic name for Tavira) was one of the most important towns in the Al Garb (Portugal)

Tabira (Arabic name for Tavira) was one of the most important towns in the Al Garb (Portugal)

Different shapes and sizes of the oil lamps

Different shapes and sizes of the oil lamps

Small items found in Tavira during excavation - they range from Spindle tips to needles

Small items found in Tavira during excavation - they range from Spindle tips to needles

Most of the these items were used to make cloths or in carpet weaving

Most of the these items were used to make cloths or in carpet weaving

Round clay pieces and dices were used to play different games in the past

Round clay pieces and dices were used to play different games in the past

When the former BNU (Banco Nacional Ultramarino) building was first excavated, the archaeologists found that the Moorish wall of the castle formed an integral part of the building

When the former BNU (Banco Nacional Ultramarino) building was first excavated, the archaeologists found that the Moorish wall of the castle formed an integral part of the building

At some stage in the past, this section of the building was used as a hostel and these steps were made for the bathrooms

At some stage in the past, this section of the building was used as a hostel and these steps were made for the bathrooms

Remains of the Tavira city wall from the Muslim period, this wall was extended all the way to the castle

Remains of the Tavira city wall from the Muslim period, this wall was extended all the way to the castle

Now, this wall is encased in a cement coating in order to preserve it

Now, this wall is encased in a cement coating in order to preserve it

In the upper room, there were displays from Mertola which has some encased leaflets in Spanish, Portuguese and English

In the upper room, there were displays from Mertola which has some encased leaflets in Spanish, Portuguese and English

The guy, who was at the museum, told me that if I wanted to feel the real Muslim town, I needed to visit Mertola

The guy, who was at the museum, told me that if I wanted to feel the real Muslim town, I needed to visit Mertola

Luckily, my next destination was Mertola, in this room, there were information about the Muslim Mertola

Luckily, my next destination was Mertola, in this room, there were information about the Muslim Mertola

At the bottom left of this photo are the pieces of ceramic imported from Attica, Roman oil lamps and vases

At the bottom left of this photo are the pieces of ceramic imported from Attica, Roman oil lamps and vases

A lustreware bowl from the 12th century and earthen pot is from the 10th century

A lustreware bowl from the 12th century and earthen pot is from the 10th century

A glazed jar from the 13th century and a spittoon from Sacavem

A glazed jar from the 13th century and a spittoon from Sacavem

Though broken but still well preserved items on display in the upper room of the Islamic Centre Museum of Tavira

Though broken but still well preserved items on display in the upper room of the Islamic Centre Museum of Tavira

This photo shows how alcaria (village) of Tavira had looked dueing the Taifa Period in the 11th century

This photo shows how alcaria (village) of Tavira had looked dueing the Taifa Period in the 11th century

During the Almohad period, Tavira expanded and reached its climax - some of the historical landmarks are marked on this map

During the Almohad period, Tavira expanded and reached its climax - some of the historical landmarks are marked on this map

'From the Crescent to the Cross' Tavira was taken by the Christian forces on 11 June, 1242 and its main mosque was turned into a church

'From the Crescent to the Cross' Tavira was taken by the Christian forces on 11 June, 1242 and its main mosque was turned into a church