Historic Jeddah is situated on the eastern shore of the Red Sea. From the 7th century AD it was established as a major port for Indian Ocean trade routes, channelling goods to Mecca. It was also the gateway for Muslim pilgrims to Mecca who arrived by sea. These twin roles saw the city develop into a thriving multicultural centre, characterized by a distinctive architectural tradition, including tower houses built in the late 19th century by the city’s mercantile elites, and combining Red Sea coastal coral building traditions with influences and crafts from along the trade routes.

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Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah

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Region
Arab States
Country
Saudi Arabia 
Category
Cultural
Name
Historic Jeddah, the Gate to Makkah
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iv)(vi)
Year of Registered
2014
Keyword
Registered in 2014