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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 14:19

Historic mosques renovated under Muhammad Bin Salman Project

RIYADH — The first phase of the Muhammad Bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation has been completed at a cost of more than SR50 million.

Total renovation and development of 30 mosques in 10 regions of the Kingdom was covered during the first phase, which was implemented within 423 days.

The project was implemented under the direction of Deputy Premier Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, who indicated that 130 historical mosques are to be renovated across Saudi Arabia.

Saudi companies, which are experienced and specialized in the construction and renovation of heritage buildings, have implemented the first phase of the project.

These companies ensured the involvement of Saudi engineers to guarantee the preservation of the original architectural identity of each mosque.

The project took into account minute details to recover the basic design of the mosques using local heritage materials, and added new necessary elements, such as prayer rooms for women, services for people with special needs and the development of service facilities such as air conditioning, lighting and acoustics, and their implementation in a manner consistent with the mosque’s historical identity.

It was discovered that the age of these historical mosques, spreading in different regions of the Kingdom, varies between 1432 and 60 years. One of them was established in the era of the Prophet’s companion Jarir Bin Abdullah Al-Bajali, namely Jarir Al-Bajali Mosque in Taif governorate.

Some of these historical mosques were known as beacon of knowledge, such as Sheikh Abu Bakr Mosque, which was established more than 300 years ago in Al-Ahsa governorate.

Since the beginning of the month of Jumada Al-Awwal 1441, the newly renovated mosques, under the first phase, started receiving worshipers after being closed for more than 40 years. These mosques have turned into historical religious symbol that would preserve religious heritage and Islamic architecture along with the ongoing revival of the heritage villages and historical cities.

Many of these mosques are located in heritage villages and the project will enhance the preservation of historical mosques and highlight the architectural characteristics in their design and benefit from them in developing the design of modern mosques, especially that most elements of the design of historical mosques coincide with the trend towards sustainability and green architecture.

Darul Ihsan Media Desk

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