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Al-Mansaf Mosque: Heritage beacon of the north

مسجد المنسف في الزلفي منارة ثقافية وعلمية لأهالي القرية

10 JUN 2021

Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

Around 260 kilometers northeast of Riyadh lies the historical Al-Mansaf Mosque in Al-Zulfi governorate. Considered one of the oldest heritage buildings in the region, the mosque sits in a transit area between the north of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. 

Renovation

The mosque has been undergoing a thorough renovation process as part of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Project for Historical Mosques Renovation. It is being rebuilt using clay bricks and cement, while its roof was constructed using tamarix and palm fronds.

The mosque used to feature a residential unit, prayer house and retreat area in addition to separate toilets. It has two main entrances, both located on the southern façade. 

After renovations are completed, the mosque will accommodate 150 worshipers and feature a prayer house, Al-Sarha (a courtyard), prayer area for women, restrooms, ablution point for men and women, and a depot.

Najdi style

The mosque’s construction is unique – it was built in the Najdi style and dates back to the end of the 13th century AH.

Cultural beacon

In addition to being a place of prayer and worship, the mosque is perceived as a cultural and scholarly beacon for the residents of Al-Zulfi – Sheikh Jaser Bin Mohammed Al-Jasser, Abdulrahman Al-Jasser and Ahmed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Habees used to teach there.