SkyWatch: Al-Khalil Museum


This is a beautiful example of a very nicely maintained building in the tradtional Saudi architecture and design. It is part of the Al-Khalil Museum, which actually now houses a mosque and a school for orphans. Many of the older buildings in Jeddah are built of local stone and have carved wood detailing. Many mosques have a dome plus mosque minarets which are usually topped with the crescent moon symbol. Windows are covered with the traditional slatted wood designs called rawasheen. Many older buildings also have a solid fortress-like appearance probably designed specifically to discourage attackers. This building encompasses it all!
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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15 Responses to SkyWatch: Al-Khalil Museum

  1. Chiara says:

    The white and brown colour scheme, and the minarets go a long way to redeem the aesthetics of this Museum for me. Good to know it exists.

  2. aylarox says:

    my home’s really near this building. it never failed to awe me. it’s beautiful and big!

  3. Rachel says:

    This is my favorite building that I’ve ever seen in your pictures. It reminds me of a set in a James Bond movie or something.

  4. It’s a beautiful building and you captured it perfectly.

  5. Guy D says:

    Such a great shot once again Susie, well done.

    All the best
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

  6. Yogi says:

    The combination of stone and wood and the color contrasts are wonderful. There is also endless details. Great shot.

  7. ewok1993 says:

    well maintained indeed, the white must be glistening under the sun. so clean. love the architecture.

  8. Gorgeous building and your photo is fantastic in capturing the details so beautifully. Hope you are doing well. Have a great weekend!

    Sylvia

  9. J Bar says:

    Amazing architecture.

  10. Carver says:

    What a beautiful museum. I also love the conch shell sculpture below too.

  11. Geogypsy says:

    That’s a marvelous building. Love the detailed architecture.

  12. OMER YOUSAF says:

    EXCELLENT DESIGN,GOOD PICTURE AND GOOD INFORMATION.JEDDA IS VERY BEAUTIFUL CITY.I LIKE TO COME BACK HERE AGAIN.IT IS PLACE OF MY BIRTH AND I M IN PAKISTAN FOR ENGINEERING. I AM SURPRISED THAT HOW YOU COLLECT SUCH DATA.ALTHOUGH YOU WERE SAYING THAT THIS COUNTRY HAS VERY STRICT RULES FOR WOMEN.I THINK SAUDI ARAB IS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT GIVES RIGHTS TO WOMEN.NOT LIBERTY BUT WOMEN RIGHTS.WHAT YOU SAY

    • My life is very restrictive compared to the life I led in the USA. Women are treated like children who need to be protected, who cannot make a decision for themselves, and who cannot travel with a man’s permission, just to name a few. Exactly what rights do you think women have here?

  13. leif hagen says:

    What a fantastic building! The architectural details are incredible! We have one mosque in the next door suburb. It’s located in a former bank which looks like a square box.

  14. Dina says:

    Gasp! Wow, this is really something! So new to me.

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