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The untold history of Suwaiq Village

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08 JUL 2020

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Source: Alaa Albahrani

Yanbu Al-Nakhl is known for its collection of historical villages, including Al-Suwaiq. Historians have been unable to prove its origins, but it still contains some fascinating ruins. It is believed to be an important historical stopping point for pilgrims and ancient Quraysh caravans; its houses are characterized by stone architectural designs, while the village is fortified with a strong wall that has two gates. Al-Suwaiq is also famous for its market, which thrived over the ages.

Historical importance

Yanbu al-Nakhl was one of the most famous cities in the Arabian Peninsula and is located in the Madinah region.  Al-Suwaiq was one of the largest and most important villages. The main gate to enter the village is called Al-Radd and is accessed from the west; it was removed in 1393 AH. Bab Al-Safa was the entrance to the village from the east. The village was an important commercial center in the past due to the abundance of fertile soil and water. This village is still inhabited and its people are proud of its history that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Suwaiq Market

This famous market is also known as the Monday market and was subject to regulatory measures that ensured the safety of imports and exports. Goods such as ghee, honey, camels and sheep were brought to the village from surrounding areas. The market opens after Sunday morning prayers until before the Maghrib sunset prayers and operates a similar schedule on Mondays.

Suwaiq Castle

This castle is located on a raised plateau and has a unique five-sided design. It also has one entrance leading to a rectangular courtyard. Its outer walls were also designed with barricade openings designed to allow arrows and artillery to be fired. Its interior walls were surrounded by platforms allowing defenders to fire down on aggressors. It was demolished by the army of Tusun Pasha in 1226 AH.