Replica of Old Jeddah

The Al-Khalil Museum is home to this amazing clay replica of the walled city of Old Jeddah. It was constructed on the sidewalk outside the museum and features many old style buildings, including mosques, shops, schools and homes. The intricate detailing reveals windows, doorways, minarets, and even cannons and steps. The entire work is about two car lengths long and about one car length wide. Below is another photo which gives a better idea of the full size of the mini-village.  (Click on images to enlarge)


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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9 Responses to Replica of Old Jeddah

  1. Faisal says:

    these models describe the whole traditional building styles in Saudi Arabia, not only jeddah style.. there is no building in jeddah built out of mud,, they were often using Manqabi or coral stone.

  2. Diane O'Donovan says:

    Thank you for publishing this brilliant picture. It has helped me with an academic argument about an old manuscript.

  3. PJ says:

    Susie, is this an interpretation or an accurate representation? Whatever it is, it’s amazing. Someone did a lot of work with an eye to detail. Amazing.

  4. Susan says:

    They also say Eve is buried there in Jeddah

  5. Thanks, JM!

    Hi Elaine! There are details in some buildings in Old Jeddah that resemble those in the replica. I think the replica is a generalization. For one thing, Jeddah is pretty flat and the replica is terraced for better viewing. About the hidden spaces, we just went down to Old Jeddah last week (my first time there at night). Some streets are barely wide enough for one vehicle to drive through. We were walking in a very crowded souk area and there was a barely visible gate between two merchants (merchandise was hanging in front of it), and my husband said that behind that gate was the old cemetery where his dad is buried! It’s difficult to imagine.

    Hi Susan! Sorry but I have no idea about the turrets…

    Hi Sharon – Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Susan says:

    Do you know at what point in the old city construction the turrets were added?

  7. Elaine says:

    Do all these structures, represented in the model, still stand? Or is this based on historical information? Or is it full of imagined details? If it is accurate to buildings there today, it contrasts with the tradition of so many hidden spaces.

  8. JM says:

    That’s a fantastic work! The photos really deserve being enlarged!

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