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"Jeddah Old Buildings" Old City Tip by arabian10

Old City, Jiddah: 49 reviews and 92 photos

  Jeddah Old Buildings
by arabian10

Mangabi Stone
Four types of stones were used in building. The most famous and used one was AL-Mangabi stone as it was abundantly available in the seabed by the coast. The stone was shaped into rectangular shapes with a steel tool called AL-Shahoutah. The beauty of this type of stone was used to demonstrate the beauty of the external sides of the houses, without having to cover them with a layer of dyed lime stone. One of the famous houses of AL-Baghdadi at the western part of Jeddah governorate near the Red Sea Coast. The second type was the marine stone extracted from the sea coast. Which was used in addition to AL-Mangabi stone in some buildings. This stone is formed of solid deposits. The third type was the coral stone extracted by divers from the depths of the sea known as AL-Mashat, (combed like shape). The coral stone was originally colonies of sea creatures that hardened after death. The fourth type was the sea tiles. This soft surfaced type of sea rocks was extracted from the sea by divers for tiling the floor of the entrances of these houses.

Address: Downtown Jiddah
Phone: +966 54 403 3564

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  • Updated Aug 24, 2005
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