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Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for the Development of Historical Mosques to Renovate Al-Fatah Mosque

Al-Fatah Mosque in Al-Jamoum Governorate, Makkah Region, is one of the mosques that will be renovated in the second phase of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for the Development of Historical Mosques. The mosque, where Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, is said to have prayed during the year he conquered Makkah, was demolished and destroyed during the previous centuries before its construction was renewed in 1398 AH, and later renovated in 1419 AH.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for the Development of Historical Mosques will renovate Al-Fatah Mosque to increase its area from 455.77 square meters to 553.50 square meters, and raise its capacity to accommodate worshipers from 218 to 333, using natural building materials in the architectural style of the western region, including bricks, basalt stone, gypsum, and wood. The mosque’s Rawashin and Mashrabiyas stand out as one of the building elements, which expresses the prominent window or balcony made of the finest wood panels used to cover windows and external openings.

The building is characterized by the architectural style of the Western region withstanding the surrounding natural conditions on the coast, where historical mosques constitute architectural masterpieces that reflect an elaborate building culture. The mosques are characterized by the simple design of the facades, the prominence of the wooden element, and the maintenance of moderate temperatures inside the mosque.

In Al-Fatah Mosque, the shakhsheikha is considered one of the architectural elements that cover the main spaces of the building, which helps the entry of light. The sides of the proposed shape are used for ventilation, while the shakhsheikha, in addition to its functions, became a symbol of an aesthetic decorative element for luxurious buildings such as mosques and palaces.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project aims to achieve a balance between ancient and modern construction standards in a way that gives the components of mosques an appropriate degree of sustainability and integrates the effects of development with a set of heritage and historical characteristics. The development process is being carried out by Saudi companies specializing in heritage buildings.

Source: Saudi Press Agency