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Saudi crown prince orders reconstruction of 130 historic mosques

Saudi crown prince orders reconstruction of 130 historic mosques

The first phase of the project is expected to cost more than SAR50m

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has ordered the reconstruction and renovation of 130 historic mosques in the country.

The first phase of the programme, which is being supervised by the General Authority for Tourism and National Heritage and other government bodies, comes at a cost of more than SAR50m ($13.3m) and covers 30 mosques in 10 regions of the kingdom.

Work on several places of worship has already taken place including historic mosques in Al-Deraiya and Jeddah

As the birthplace of Islam, the kingdom is home to thousands of mosques including its holiest sites in Makkah and Madinah.

Every year millions of Muslims descend on the kingdom to undertake their Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.

Read: In pictures, video: Over 2.3 million Muslims undertake Hajj in 2018

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