Many of the old historical buildings of Jeddah are crumbling and are in a state of disrepair. The city has lost hundreds of its oldest buildings to old age and to fire. Many of these old buildings are uninhabitable, however oftentimes poor people will occupy them even though it is extremely hazardous to live there.


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American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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5 Responses to Crumbling

  1. Pathfinder says:

    Those houses are 600 and 700 years old and the government does not care about it. Jeddah is one of the oldest cities in the world and it is loosing its value because the government does not care as much about Jeddah as Riyadh. Jeddah used to have one of the most beautiful hotel which was built hundreds of years ago and it was built with French influence with human curves statues and the Saudi regime destroyed it when they captured Jeddah 80 years ago.

  2. Grami says:

    It’s widely believed that the Saudi regime is trying to remove any signs of the Ottoman Empire’s rule in the Western region of what’s now Saudi Arabia including traditional buildings in the old city of Jeddah. I find this really sad if not frustrating, there has been a thriving civilization in Hejaz long before the Saud Family came from desert. There used to be a lovely small round castle in white built by the Turks near our farm which stood there for hundreds of years battling the elements until about 1995 when for no apparent reason the government decided to remove it. One can also remember the great railway which ran all the way from Istanbul to Makkah built by the Ottomans in the early 1900s, what’s left of it now are decaying sheds of old stations and steam engines in Tabuk. There’s also the Ajiad Castle which stood for centuries near the grand mosque in Makkah before the government suddenly realized that its location could be used to build new towers instead… really sad.

  3. leif hagen says:

    A very interesting photo of architecture quite different from over here!
    My family and I are just back after a month of visiting relatives in Sweden and Norway! Come see the CDP blogger I met in Norway on my blog today!

  4. Hi Susie, it’s so sad that historical buildings like Naseef house of your previous post are going into crumbles ’cause the past represents the key to define national identity wherever. They look awesome too with those pastel, faded tones. Thanx 4 sharing, take care.

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