UNESCO names Jeddah as World Heritage Site

Jeddah's historic port city was recognized for its its role as a major Red Sea trade route ‎throughout its 2,500-year history as well as being a gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Makkah who ‎arrived by sea.

UNESCO names Jeddah as World Heritage Site

World Bulletin / News Desk

On Saturday Jeddah was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Jeddah was added to the World Heritage List after The World Heritage Committee ‎met in Doha. Historical ‎monuments and sites in Iraq, Japan, Germany and the Netherlands were also added to the list.

Jeddah's historic port city was recognized for its its role as a major Red Sea trade route ‎throughout its 2,500-year history as well as being a gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Makkah who ‎arrived by sea.

The inscription on the World Heritage List. States: “Historic Jeddah, the Gate to ‎Makkah (Saudi Arabia) is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century A.D. it ‎was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channeling goods to Mecca. It was ‎also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea.”

“These twin roles saw the city ‎develop into a thriving multicultural centre, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition, ‎including tower houses built in the late 19th century by the city’s mercantile elites, and combining ‎Red Sea coastal coral building traditions with influences and crafts from along the trade routes.”‎ 

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