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Royal Commission Renovates AlUla’s Historic Mosques

Royal Commission Renovates AlUla’s Historic Mosques

Wednesday, 8 July, 2020 - 07:45
Renovation works at the mosques in AlUla (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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The Royal Commission of AlUla announced the completion of the last phase of the restoration works for al-Zawiya and Hamad bin Younes mosques in the Old City.

A number of AlUla’s top specialists were involved in the renovation process to enhance the structure of the two mosques and prevent them from collapsing. They also rebuilt the ceilings, walls, and floors using local materials and technologies that matched the urban identity.

In a statement, the Commission indicated that the restorations are part of an expanded project implemented to develop historical mosques.

The Commission is committed to protecting the historical heritage of the city, within the framework of the vision aiming to make AlUla a global destination for historical and cultural tourism.

Antiquities and Heritage Advisor at the Royal Commission Abdul-Rahman al-Suhaibani said the project reflects the Commission’s commitment to protecting the heritage of AlUla, because it benefits locals and visitors alike.

He explained that the two mosques have a distinguished history and enjoy a great status in the hearts of AlUla residents, noting that their efforts throughout history helped maintain and preserve the two structures so that they can be restored again.

The mosques will also be able to receive worshipers and those interested in Islamic architecture soon.

The director of the program of historical mosques reconstruction, Mohsen al-Qarni, stated that aside from al-Zawiya and Hamad bin Younes mosques in the Old City, two other mosques had been restored by the Royal Commission.

Qarni noted that officials are currently working to adopt the plans for the restoration and reconstruction of al-Izam mosque in AlUla, as part of the Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation.

The project was implemented under the direction and follow-up of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who had directed earlier to renovate 130 historical mosques across the Kingdom spanning over a number of phases.

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