Travertine marble was the material used to create this dynamic work of art by Spanish architect and sculptor Julio Lafuente. Taking about five years to complete, this monument was actually carved in Italy and is comprised of 260 separate pieces of marble which were then shipped to Jeddah and assembled. It stands in the center roundabout of a major intersection in Jeddah and is quite an imposing sight. The angle of my photo does not show the full details of Al-Kibla. It actually has another side similar to this and the two pieces come together at an angle forming a V-shape, which points the way to Makkah. Al-Kibla in Arabic means “the direction for prayer.”
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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