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Saudi Arabia has always been a large centre of pilgrimage. Despite the fact that this country doesn't do much to promote its tourism industry, every year the country is visited by thousands of travelers, who want to see beautiful ancient cities and internationally famous sanctuaries.
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Several important tourist objects are located in the capital of country, the city of Riyadh. Here travellers are recommended to visit the Masmak Fortress that was built in the middle of the 19th century. The fortress was a witness of many important historic events, and since its building it changed owners several times. Initially, the fortress was used as a warehouse, and later a museum was opened in it.
Diriyah is a very interesting and old city located not far away from the capital. Travelers are recommended visit this place as they will find many fascinating attractions there. Beautiful palaces, mosques and a thick protective wall remind of the past glory of this place. Diriyah was founded in 1446 and for more than three centuries the city was the most prosperous settlement of the Middle East. In the beginning of the 19th century, the city was completely destroyed by the Turks. After that, Diriyah was carefully restored during many years, and nowadays it's a very interesting research center for scientists and archaeologists. There are also modern buildings in the capital, and they deserve close attention. Kingdom Centre is considered one of the most famous skyscrapers in Riyadh. The height of the building is 311 metres, and its 47 floors have become home for numerous offices, conference halls, sports clubs, restaurants and a five-star hotel. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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However, Medina has remained the most famous destination for pilgrims for several hundred years. There are many beautiful mosques in the city, but the Quba Mosque remains one of the most famous of them all. This is one of the oldest mosques in the world, and first stones of the mosque were positioned by the Prophet Muhammad. The building attracts not only pilgrims, but also architects as this mosque is a great example of first Islamic buildings. Al-Masjid an-Nabawī is the second most important religious shrine for Muslims. This mosque is also known as the Mosque of the Prophet. There are many legends and tales connected with the mosque. It has changed its original look greatly as every epoch added new features to its design and architecture.
The Great Mosque, Masjid al-Haram, remains of the most famous destination in Mecca. This mosque hosts a priceless religious artifact of all Muslims - the Black Stone. According to a legend, this stone was gifted by God to Adam and Eve as a symbol of forgiveness. The mosque amazes visitors with its size and beautiful design.

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Abraj Al-Bait Towers

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The most recognizable architectural landmark of Saudi Arabia is a complex Abraj Al Bait. That’s the world's heaviest network of buildings. This complex also features impressive height; it’s the highest in the country. Towers stream upwards for 558.7 meters. Abraj Al Bait is in Mecca, in the vicinity of Al-Haram and other Islamic shrines. The complex of buildings houses several hotels that each year welcome more than 5 million pilgrims from around the world. In addition, there is a large shopping mall and various dining places.

Among the main design features of the architectural complex it’s worth noting helipads on the roof. The highest in the complex is the Royal Tower, it is decorated with a huge clock face. The dial diameter is 43 meters. A huge clock is located at an altitude … Read all

Al-Haram Mosque

From the series “The most iconic temples in the world”
The largest mosque in the world is located in Mecca. On the territory of the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque is the most important Islamic sanctuary - the Kaaba. As the legend tells, the construction of the first mosque near the great sanctuary began in 638. The mosque, which is visited by millions of believers today, was mentioned in the historical documents for the first time in 1570. The mosque area is 357 000 sqm, and the height of the minarets reaches 95 meters. Four huge gates serve as an entrance into the mosque. In addition, the mosque was equipped with 44 entrances all round.

Apart from the Kaaba, the mosque also preserves many other religious sanctuaries, including the stone 'makan Ibrahim' and the holy source Zam-zam. The last major reconstruction of the mosque was completed in … Read all

King Fahd Fountain

From the series “The most spectacular fountains in the world”
In Jeddah is the beautiful fountain, which was named in honor of King Fahd and opened in 1983. After opening, the unique fountain threw the water jet at the height of 120 meters and was recognized as the highest fountain in the world in 1983. Already two years later, the fountain was modernized and the height of the water jet reached 312 meters, thanks to the new mechanical constructions, which is still a world record. The grand fountain was built during the reign of King Fahd ibn Abd al-Aziz, whose honor he was named.

Although the age of the fountain is more than 30 years, he is not only surprised by the impressive shape, but also by the technical characteristics. Every second, 18.8 tons of water are found above the fountain, which is pushed out of the only powerful nozzle. The speed … Read all
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Sightseeing in popular cities of Saudi Arabia

Riyadh
Al-Batha district is the oldest part of the city. It is situated in the center of Riyadh. Here you can see main historical monuments and learn many interesting facts about the history of Riyadh. Masmak Fortress that was built in the middle of the 19th century is one of greatest places of interest. Several years ago the building was carefully restored and a distinct wing of the fortress was turned into a hotel. Other rooms of the fortress have been converted into a museum, where visitors will … Read more
Jeddah
There are old quarters in simply each part of the city, so you can have an enjoyable walk on pavements and streets, looking at unusual houses and squares that have been the witnesses of significant historical events. The quarter located in the southern part of the city is among the most famous ones. Here are located two amazing mansions – Nasif and Sharbatly. Many years ago they were owned by noble tradesmen, so their inner decorations resembled a royal palace. Just next to these beautiful … Read more
Medina
The main place of interest of the city is located in its very center. This is a complex of mosques named Masjid al Nabawi. It is believed that once the house of the Prophet Muhammad was built on this place. Not far away from the walls of his house he built first mosques, which, unfortunately, failed to survive. Instead of these buildings was built a new complex, which became the greatest building in the world. Here is located another attraction - the tomb of the prophet, as well as the tomb of … Read more
Al Khobar
Besides beautiful beaches the city offers wonderful parks with numerous fountains of amazing beauty. Guests will also find here a large zoo and a botanical garden. Finally, large entertainment complexes will help to have fun and enjoy interesting pastime. Shopping malls are quite often the largest and most prestigious entertainment complexes on the East. Al-Rashid supermarket provides its visitors with maximum convenience for successful acquisition of various goods. Here you will find … Read more

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