Al Balad, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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The Bride of the Red Sea

Archeological finds indicate that Jeddah was founded around 520 BC. It began as a small fishing settlement but then became a trading centre between that region, Yemen and Europe. Iis significance increased considerably when it in the 600’s began to be used as a gateway for Muslim pilgrims making their required “hajj” to Mecka. Today it’s the biggest port at the Red Sea. It’s a fascinating city – modern, state-of-the-art skyscrapers mixed with ¬†old traditional, Arabic buildings. Unfortunately, they have let the older houses decay. Only a few have been renovated!

These photos are from Al Balad (the old city).

 

 

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