On the instructions of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the government of Saudi Arabia has chosen to renovate five historic mosques from the time of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Makkah region, according to local media.
The Project for the Development of Historical Mosques aims to promote Saudi Arabia’s vibrant cultural heritage, preserve and renovate the mosques, increase their effectiveness, and preserve the mosques’ historically influenced architecture.
The first mosque to be developed in Makkah as part of the second phase of the project is Al-Baiah Mosque, which was established by the Abbasid Caliph Abu Jafar Al-Mansour close to Jamarat Al-Aqaba in Mina, according to Arab News citing Saudi Press Agency.
The restoration project by the government of Saudi Arabia also includes two mosques in Jeddah: Al-Khadr Mosque on Al-Dhahab Street in the Al-Balad neighbourhood and Abu Inbeh Mosque in Harat Al-Sham.
While Al-Khadr Mosque, located around 66 kilometres from the Grand Mosque in Makkah, was constructed around 700 years ago, Abu Inbeh Mosque was constructed more than 900 years ago.
As part of the project, Al-Fath Mosque in the Al-Jamoum neighbourhood will also be developed. During the year he conquered Makkah, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is believed to have worshipped at this mosque.
The project also includes the renovation of the more than 300-year-old Al-Jubail Mosque, whose post-renovation area will be 310 square metres. There will still be room for 45 worshipers in it.
The second phase of the development project, which includes all regions of the Kingdom, will feature a total of 30 mosques.