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An old building in Jeddah.


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Last update 10 November 2012 4:06 am

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A distinctive feature of old buildings in the


historical district in Jeddah is the rawashin,or
projecting latticed windows adorned with intricate
wood works.
Rawashin, a kind of bay windows or oriels that
give a markedly different look for the Hejazi
architecture making the building different from the
Najdi style.
Jeddah being the gate way to the Holy City of
Makkah has been serving over the many
centuries as the meeting point of various Muslim
cultures notably of Arabs, Ottomans and Persians
and helped to emerge as a blend of these
cultures over centuries.
However the popularity of western architectural
style and the difficulty to find experts in the
classical Jeddah style are some of the reasons

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KSAs environmental
that made the style gradually disappear.
Only an expert of exquisite taste and vast
concerns
experience can undertake the intricate woodSaudi tourists to
woks, skylights and jalousies of the old style.
Turkey up 30%
However efforts are being made to preserve the
style with special training program in the art of
PRC praises Supreme
rawashin wood works.
Court decision on
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stranded Pakistanis
and Antiquities (SCTA) Prince Sultan bin Salman
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has been interested in preserving the Hijazi
architectural style since 25 years even before he
became SCTA chief, and used to appeal to local people and
establishments to play their role to preserve the heritage features of
the old buildings in Jeddah, said Executive Director of the SCTA in
the Makkah province Muhammad Al-Amri.
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Fasial also has been stressing the
need to protect the Hijazi architecture.
As a result, a number of Saudi youths are currently receiving training
on the Hijazi construction style including the art of the rawashin
making.
The word rawashin, plural of roshan, is originated from a Persian
word meaning an elevated window which lets in plenty of light.

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