SkyWatch: The Mameluke Mosque Lanterns at Night

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The Mameluke Mosque Lanterns has to be one of the most striking and beautiful works of art in the entire city of Jeddah. At night when they are illuminated from within, they are nothing short of breathtaking. So I have a pitch black sky for you today, not a blue or grey one, no clouds – but I was so excited to get these photos, I wanted to share them with you for SkyWatch.
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The steel and stained glass lanterns were the brainchild of Julio Lafuente, the prolific Spanish architect who created more than twenty-five masterpieces during the unprecedented Jeddah Beautification Project of the 1970s and 80s. The original plan was to place these four magnificent large scale lanterns as the four corners on a square, but in the end configuring them in a straight line prevailed.
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The monument occupies a large area of a main road divider which faces the Al Salam Royal Palace. All these photos were taken from across the street with traffic zooming by at about 2am during the holy month of Ramadan.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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17 Responses to SkyWatch: The Mameluke Mosque Lanterns at Night

  1. B from CA says:

    I miss this… Thanks for posting and please don’t stop.. 🙂

  2. VioletSky says:

    These do truly take your breath away. What a way to illuminate a black sky.

  3. Puça says:

    Really nice lanterns, love the colours. By the way congrats too on the new look of this blog1

  4. Judy says:

    Just astonishing! I can see why they would take your breath away.

  5. Wow! Those are gorgeous! I agree with Sylvia K–the black sky is a perfect backdrop for these glittering gems.

  6. Carver says:

    Those are fantastic. Beautiful shots and so interesting to learn about these.

  7. Linnea says:

    How interesting…and what a way to brighten the dark skies! Thanks for sharing; I’ve never seen such gigantic lanterns before…I just want to run up to them and see them more closely!

  8. Dina says:

    That’s really cool, and a sky is a sky even if it’s black.

  9. How beautiful these are. I find them inspiring.

  10. Geogypsy says:

    They are beautiful and glow such glorious colors.
    So you are up late a night this month.

  11. Bill B says:

    They must be so neat to see in person.

  12. The lights are so breathtaking. I can imagine how special they are during Ramadan. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Dave says:

    Very nice….Happy SWF!

  14. yogi says:

    Just spectacular. Those are really different.

  15. Linda Jacobs says:

    I can see why they would take your breath away. Awesome!

  16. Magnificent indeed! And a black sky is the perfect backdrop!

    Enjoy, Susie!

    Sylvia

  17. They are magnificent lanterns indeed! Very unusual and artsy!

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