Over the weekend we stumbled quite by accident upon the most beautiful building, surrounded with miniature sculptures of mosques and landmarks. The building is behind the restaurants on Andalus Street, and I could only hastily take photos from a mobile phone, hence the poor picture quality.
The Prophet’s Mosque
On returning home, I was bent upon finding out what this place was. Could it be someone’s personal ode to art? Or a hidden treasure in Jeddah? How come I had never heard of a place like this before?
After much searching on Google, I found out exactly what it was. Thanks to Asia Rooms, I learned that this is actually a museum called the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum, and the website gives us the following information:
Known as the Paris of Arabia, Jeddah is one of the wealthiest cities in the world. A destination of the rich and famous, Jeddah is the second largest city in Saudi Arabia. Though a modern cosmopolitan city, Jeddah has a history which can be traced back to more than 2000 years. The rich and vibrant history of the city and the country is well preserved at the Museums in Jeddah. There are a large number of Museums are a must in the itinerary of the travelers who are interested in the 2,500 year of the city. One of the most visited is the Abdul Raouf Khalil Museum in Jeddah.
Beautiful mosques in miniature
The displays at the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah clearly reflect the history of the country. The museum also traces the various civilizations that
inhabited the region and is divided into three segments for better viewing. The three segments at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum of Jeddah are:
- Saudi Heritage
- Ottoman Empire
- European Development
The Ka’aba in miniature
The first section at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum at Jeddah highlights the lives of the early tribes in the region. The second segment displays the years after 1517 when the Ottoman Turks conquered the city of Jeddah and Mecca. The last segment at Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah is the European Development section that traces the modern development after the First World War when King Abdul Aziz ibn Saud conquered the region and founded the modern state of Saudi Arabia.
Recently, the museum was renovated and the rooms at the Museum were made spacious. Located in the downtown district, the Abdul Raouf Khalil’s Museum in Jeddah boasts of large collection of items and artifacts belonging to the Ottoman Turks and the fishermen tribes who were the first inhabitants of the region.”
In my search for the museum online, I came across this interesting piece by Robertson International Travel on their visit to Jeddah via cruise ship, and their visit to this museum. Also a better picture of the outside of the museum here by alimkasim and an entire gallery of photos by Adnan Masood.
Next stop must be a visit inside the museum itself. If any of you have been to see this place, leave us a comment and tell us about it.
- Sabaa Ali