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).