The government of Saudi Arabia has decided to restore five historical mosques related to the era of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Makkah region on the directives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, local media reported.
The Project for the Development of Historical Mosques aims to highlight Saudi Arabia’s rich culture, protect and renovate the mosques, prolong their lifespan, and maintain their architecture that has been affected by the changing climate over past centuries.
Al-Baiah Mosque, built by the Abbasid Caliph Abu Jafar Al-Mansour near Jamarat Al-Aqaba in Mina, is the first mosque to be developed in Makkah as part of the second phase of the project, Arab News reported quoting Saudi Press Agency.
Two mosques in Jeddah – Abu Inbeh Mosque in Harat Al-Sham and Al-Khadr Mosque on Al-Dhahab Street in Al-Balad neighbourhood – are also part of the renovation project.
Abu Inbeh Mosque was built more than 900 years ago while Al-Khadr Mosque, around 66 kilometers from the Grand Mosque in Makkah, was built around 700 years ago.
Al-Fath Mosque in Al-Jamoum area is also set to be developed under the project. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is said to have prayed at this mosque during the year he conquered Makkah.
Al-Jubail Mosque, which was built more than 300 years ago, is also part of the project and its post-renovation area will be 310 square meters. Its capacity will remain the same at 45 worshippers.
A total of 30 mosques will be included in the second phase of the development project that covers all regions in the Kingdom.