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  • Jeddah Old Buildings
    Jeddah Old Buildings
    by arabian10
  • Beit Shaykhoun's main entrance
    Beit Shaykhoun's main entrance
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  • Another view of the souq
    Another view of the souq
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    Old houses

    by June.b Written Jun 8, 2008

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    Been here a long time but few people venture in this part of the city, well, maybe because it does not interest them, it does to me and I've been wanting to meander along the small streets of the old district. We just passed by though so I took photos of old houses.

    It's a gem, that place was really something people should see.

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    Historical Buildings

    by June.b Updated Jun 8, 2008

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    I've been cautious though taking photos in this part of the city, pic-taking is not really a good idea here, I heard before that it is not allowed to take photos in the old district, so I take snaps here and there, no time to adjust settings, just shoot 'em!

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  • Jeddah Old Buildings

    by arabian10 Updated Aug 24, 2005

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    Jeddah Old Buildings

    Mangabi Stone
    Four types of stones were used in building. The most famous and used one was AL-Mangabi stone as it was abundantly available in the seabed by the coast. The stone was shaped into rectangular shapes with a steel tool called AL-Shahoutah. The beauty of this type of stone was used to demonstrate the beauty of the external sides of the houses, without having to cover them with a layer of dyed lime stone. One of the famous houses of AL-Baghdadi at the western part of Jeddah governorate near the Red Sea Coast. The second type was the marine stone extracted from the sea coast. Which was used in addition to AL-Mangabi stone in some buildings. This stone is formed of solid deposits. The third type was the coral stone extracted by divers from the depths of the sea known as AL-Mashat, (combed like shape). The coral stone was originally colonies of sea creatures that hardened after death. The fourth type was the sea tiles. This soft surfaced type of sea rocks was extracted from the sea by divers for tiling the floor of the entrances of these houses.

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  • Old Jeddah houses.

    by majed81 Updated Mar 18, 2005

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    Old House

    "The houses in old Jeddah often have this
    kind of look to them. The windows are
    designed in such a way that they catch the
    breeze very well and at the same time allow
    you to look out without letting people see in."
    By Dave Bunyard

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  • Jeddah Old Buildings

    by arabian10 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Jeddah Old Buildings

    Carpenters
    Carpentry profession, in old Jeddah, was correlated to the building profession. Carpenters represented an independent class, having their own Sheikh. They manufactured outer and inner doors of buildings. They excelled in decorating the doors, in particular the main door of the house, which was big and thick as it represent the façade of the house. The carpenters also excelled in manufacturing ordinary and bay windows decorating them with ornaments like what known now by the "Arabasco", which was technical industry and a time consuming art.

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  • Jeddah Old Buildings

    by arabian10 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Jeddah Old Buildings

    AL-Qarari (The Stone - Maker)
    AL-Quarari is the worker who shapes up stones, according to measurements desired by the builder, using some tools "shaqoof" and "migrad". The mixers "Khallat" would mix water with clay, in certain proportions. The maker "Taya" of clay would take it in a tin bowl to the builder. All those workers were assistants to the builder, who was the one in charge of the work.

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  • Jeddah Old Buildings

    by arabian10 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Jeddah Old Buildings

    Although the foundation and planning of such buildings was so simple, the builders had instinctive engineering concepts like providing ventilation holes for all rooms. They also invented big Rawasheen bay windows for house facades. Decorated woods were also used on walls with big planes that helped to move and spread the air throughout the building. They also built the houses in a way making the shade of one house falls on the adjacent house and vice versa, during the various hours of daytime. Those cared for the internal beauty of their houses also cared for their outer shapes, decorated them with ornaments and wooden works characterized by the Islamic Architectural arts, and doors decorations. Iron door knockers were paced on the doors for informing the dwellers about the coming visitor. Rawasheen are still representing a model of Old Jeddah governorate, further stressing the accuracy and skillfulness of their makers.

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  • Jeddah Old Buildings

    by arabian10 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Jeddah Old Buildings

    Jeddah citizens built their houses with the Manqabi stone, extracted from many different places of the Sea, like AL-Arbaeen Lake Then they processed such stones with sharp tools manually, according to the required measurements. They used the wood, brought from neighbouring areas like Wadi Fatima. Some used to import such materials form abroad, specially from India, loaded on ships to Jeddah seaport. The process of building was represented in putting the stones in rows known as Madameek separated by intersections of wood known as Takail which were used for distributing the load on the walls equally.

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  • Jeddah Old Buildings

    by arabian10 Written Mar 9, 2005

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    Jeddah Old Buildings

    Jeddah the bride of the Red Sea, contains many old buildings. Some of them are still existing like: AAL-Nasif house, AL-Jamjoum House at AL-Yeman area, Baeshen House, AL-Gabil House, AL- Shfie Mosque at AL-Mazloum area, AL Banajah House, AL Alzaher at AL-Sham area, some of these buildings eached more than 30 meters in height.

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  • Jeddah Old Photo

    by arabian10 Written Mar 3, 2005

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    Jeddah historical photo

    AL-Alawi Mrket
    This market was located in the mid of Jeddah Governorate between the Gabil street and AL-Badu Mrket street. It was visited by citizens from the eastern area of the city to buy their needs like clothes, food stuff, beans and spices. Among the famous traders of this market was Mohammed Abi Bakr AL-Zarah, the maerchant of Indian textiles.

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  • Shogun Palace!

    by Al3Anani Written Mar 3, 2005

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    Look at the Hejazi Architecture it looks like a big mix of all the cultures in the world it is because Jeddah and the Hejaz are very open, for 1300 years they were receiving muslims from all over the islamic world thats why its architecture has a little thing from everything! And thats what makes it unique and beautiful!

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  • Jeddah Old Photo

    by arabian10 Written Feb 28, 2005

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    Jeddah historical photo

    Buildings in Jeddah, probably photographed by Owen Tweedy, a British journalist who visited Jeddah in 1927 and 1928. The photograph is an album which belonged to Norman Mayers, a British diplomat in Jeddah in 1926-1927. (Tweedy 1927-1928)

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  • Jeddah Old Photo

    by arabian10 Written Feb 27, 2005

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    Jeddah historical photo

    Houses in Jeddah taken by L. Fiorillo in the 1890s. Fiorillo was a prominent commercial photographer based in Alexandria from the 1870s. He was best known for his pictures of the maintenance work on the Suez Canal and the aftermath of the bombardment of Alexandria by British in 1882. ( Fiorillo 1890s )

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  • Jeddah Old Photo

    by arabian10 Written Feb 26, 2005

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    Inside rampart in 1925 AL Madinah Gates r visible

    Although the foundation and planning of such buildings was so simple, the builders had instinctive engineering concepts like providing ventilation holes for all rooms. They also invented big Rawasheen bay windows for house facades. Decorated woods were also used on walls with big planes that helped to move and spread the air throughout the building. They also built the houses in a way making the shade of one house falls on the adjacent house and vice versa, during the various hours of daytime. Those cared for the internal beauty of their houses also cared for their outer shapes, decorated them with ornaments and wooden works characterized by the Islamic Architectural arts, and doors decorations. Iron door knockers were paced on the doors for informing the dwellers about the coming visitor. Rawasheen are still representing a model of Old Jeddah governorate, further stressing the accuracy and skillfulness of their makers.

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  • Jeddah Old Photo

    by arabian10 Written Feb 26, 2005

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    King Fahad when he was minister of information

    Jeddah the bride of the Red Sea, contains many old buildings. Some of them are still existing like: AAL-Nasif house, AL-Jamjoum House at AL-Yeman area, Baeshen House, AL-Gabil House, AL- Shfie Mosque at AL-Mazloum area, AL Banajah House, AL Alzaher at AL-Sham area, some of these buildings eached more than 30 meters in height.

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