January 22, 2024

Saudi Arabia Architectural Heritage includes 1,138 Sites

Saudi Arabia Architectural Heritage includes 1,138 Sites

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“Saudi Arabia Architectural Heritage Grows with New Registrations,” the Saudi Heritage Commission announced, accrediting 1,138 new architectural heritage sites to the National Register. This expansion brings the total to 3,646 sites, showcasing the Kingdom’s historical wealth.

Al-Qassim Region leads with 306 new sites, followed by Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah with 224, Hail Region with 179, Asir Region with 155, Makkah Region with 127, Riyadh Region with 106, Najran Region with 35, and Eastern Region with 6.

These efforts, continuous and Kingdom-wide, align with the Law of Antiquities, Museums, and Urban Heritage, enacted by Royal Decree on Muharram 9, 1436 Hijri. This law empowers the CEO of the commission to authorize these significant registrations.

Adding these sites to the National Register of Architectural Heritage is part of the commission’s larger mission. This mission includes identifying, registering, and digitally mapping cultural sites for effective management, protection, and preservation. It also involves building a comprehensive database, documenting restoration efforts, and archiving photographs and records of Saudi Arabia’s architectural heritage.

The commission encourages citizens and enthusiasts to report potential urban heritage sites for registration. They can use the urban heritage service reporting platform, the commission’s official X account, or visit its branches nationwide. This invitation highlights the commission’s appreciation of public participation in preserving and enriching the national heritage.

Source: Asharq Al-Awsat

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