Jeddah Sights and Landmarks Guide, Saudi Arabia
A popular tourist destination, Jeddah has a lot to offer visitors and world travelers alike. Situated on the coast of the Red Sea, the city is the urban travel destination of choice in western Saudi Arabia.
Jeddah the second largest city in the Kingdom and is the commercial capital of the nation. A city of many facets a tour of Jeddah showcases the mix of modern development and ancient tradition and would normally include visits to a number of historical and religious sites. One example is the tourist attraction of Balad, Jeddah’s old town or medina built 2500 years ago.
Another important historical site is the oldest building in the city, the Naseef House in Jeddah. It was owned by one of the richest merchant clans of the city. Steeped in Islamic traditions and beliefs is the Cave of Eve or the Eve Cave in Jeddah. The ancient city is named after this historic cave which is considered to be the resting place of Eve, the ultimate grandmother of the human race. Jeddah is derived from the Arabic term ‘jaddah’ which mean grandmother.There has been a lot of speculation in the historical and religious communities on the actual location of the Eve Cave at Jeddah. But due to a sudden rise in pilgrims and travelers visiting and praying at the site, religious authorities had the Eve Cave sealed because it was against Isamic Tradition to pray at the Tomb of Eve.
Another must see in Jeddah is the Floating Mosque a popular destination of all Muslim pilgrims. Situated beside the Red Sea, the mosque gives of the impression that is floating on the sea’s waters. Also reflected as the White Mosque, the Floating Mosque is one of the sacred destinations in Jeddah for practitioners of the Islamic Faith.
Located in the center of Jeddah’s downtown districts is the Makkah Gate which is one main entrances of Hajj pilgrims into Jeddah and is considered as the oldest gates remaining in the Kingdom. Walk beneath it and marvel at its architecture as the traders of the olden time caravansaries did. This is also known as the Bab Ashlam Gate and the Sham Gate.
Jeddah is fondly called the Bride of the Red Sea and is considered as one of the most ancient cities in the Middle-East. Experience its rich history first hand by visiting the Old City or the Medina. Traverse the old walls of the city or visit the restored ancient Naseef House and Sharbatly House. The Municipality Museum also located in the Old City it is the only reamining building of British construction since the First World War. The museum, reconstructed after the Second World War, chronicles the history of the city. Whether it is business, leisure, or religion that brings you to this gateway to Mecca, Jeddah will be a travel experience unlike any other. Prepare yourself for an experience of a lifetime.
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