The Saudi Crown Prince’s SR50 Million Helped to Complete the Project to Save the Historic Jeddah Structures.

The Saudi Crown Prince’s SR50 Million Helped to Complete the Project to Save the Historic Jeddah Structures.

RIYADH: The Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday that a Ministry of Culture project directly supported by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has prevented the collapse of several ancient structures in Jeddah that were in danger of collapsing.

The ministry announced that the “architecturally important” structures were restored as part of its mission to restore Historic Jeddah. According to officials, the crown prince personally donated SR50 million ($13.3 million) for the project’s funding.

The Historic Jeddah district includes more than 600 structures, including 36 mosques. Other significant historical landmarks include five marketplaces, old squares, and the Waterfront, which served as important rest stops for Muslim pilgrims in the past. Many are being refurbished and restored to help preserve and illustrate the history of the Hajj since the beginning of Islam.

According to officials, under the supervision of professionals skilled in historic building preservation, five Saudi Arabian-based specialized organizations completed the restoration work on the crown prince’s orders. They said extra attention was paid to preserving the district’s distinguishing urban traits and unique design.

Several preserved buildings are owned by Jeddah families and include 500-year-old archaeological elements.

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