Monday, June 27, 2016

Al-Diriyah - Saudi Arabia

If there was a prize for the best postcrosser, I'd nominate Claus. He proved to be a very nice person in many occasions and this last time he was even more than nice. A couple of months ago he tagged me on a 2 favorites tag but the cards never arrived. He resent the cards but for some inexplicable reason these ones didn't arrive either. I told him it was necessary to resend them once again but he insisted. This time he sent the envelope by registered mail and the cards finally arrived. He didn't have more copies of the cards he tagged me for but I'm more than happy with the cards he sent. This one is from a missing UNESCO site in Saudi Arabia "At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah" and the other one is a german tentative site. How nice of him is this?? Thank you so much!!

Al-Diriyah is a town in Saudi Arabia located on the north-western outskirts of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Diriyah was the original home of the Saudi royal family, and served as the capital of the Emirate of Diriyah under the first Saudi dynasty from 1744 to 1818. 
Founded in the 15th century, it bears witness to the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the centre of the Arabian peninsula. 
The Turaif district in Diriyah was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.

© By Najada
Saad bin Saud Palace is the biggest remaining Palace in Old Diriyyah today. It was renovated with careful study of the materials used when it was built originally. Diriyyah Palace is a true example of traditional architecture of Najd by using sun-dried mud-brick for walls and tamarisk beams for roofs. Its wooden doors are decorated with beautiful patterns, strengthened by heavy iron nails and bars. - in:

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