'Mohammed bin SalmanProject forHistorical Mosques Renovation' achieved development and rehabilitation of allmosques of the first phase of the project which reached 30 mosques in 10regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at a cost of more than SR50 millionduring 423 days with direction and follow-up by Prince Mohammed bin Salman binAbdulaziz Al Saud, the Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister ofDefense, within the Crown Prince's directive to renovate 130 historicalmosques in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over several stages.
the Crown Prince's directive sets for the implementation of renovation projectsduring the first phase by Saudi companies that are experienced and specializedin heritage buildings with the importance of involving Saudi engineers toensure the preservation of the authentic urban identity of each mosque sinceits foundation, which was done through the program for the reconstruction ofhistorical mosques at the Ministry of Culture in partnership with the Ministryof Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, the General Authority for Tourism andNational Heritage and the Saudi Society for the Preservation of Heritage.
The project took into account the small details to recover the basic design ofthe mosques using new and high quality materials, and added new necessaryelements, such as prayer rooms for women, services for people with thedisabilities and service facilities and the development of service facilitiessuch as air conditioning, lighting and acoustics, and their implementation in amanner consistent with the mosque's historical identity.
The age of these historical mosques varies between 1432 and 60 years. One ofthem was established in the era of the Prophet's companion Jarir bin AbdullahAl-Bajali (May Allah Be Pleased with Him), namely Jarir Al-Bajali Mosque inTaif Governorate. Some of these historical mosques were known as a scholarlybeacon, such as Sheikh Abu Bakr Mosque which was established more than 300 yearsago in Al-Ahsa Governorate.
The mosques renovated under the project's first phase started to receiveworshipers after being closed for more than 40 years to start a new stage forthese mosques, to become a historical religious symbol that would preserve religiousheritage and Islamic architecture and revive heritage villages and the centersof historical cities.