Mecca, Peter Sanders Photography

The door of the Ka'aba, Makkah. The current door in gold kg) is a gift of King Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz. Highlighted in 1399 e. Opening the doors of mercy.

Thousands of Muslim pilgrims arrive to throw pebbles at pillars during the "Jamarat" ritual, the stoning of Satan, in Mina near the holy city of Mecca.

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Millions of Muslim pilgrims arrive in Mina near the holy city of Mecca to throw pebbles at three stone pillars that symbolize Satan, during the "Jamarat" ritual of Hajj, on October

What does a temporary tent city for 3 million people look like? A recent visit to Expo 2010 in Shanghai clued me in to what is probably the largest ephemeral urban design in the world, the Mina Tent City in Saudi Arabia, erected each year to house Hajj pilgrims visiting Mecca during the last month of the lunar Islamic calendar. (anon, rc 2010)

Mina Tent City, Saudi Arabia · An annual temporary settlement designed to house Hajj pilgrims visiting Mecca.

The City of Medina the Radiant. This image, from Views of Mecca and Medina by HA Mirza & Sons, c. 1907, shows the haram (sanctuary) of the Masjid al-Nabawi or Mosque of the Prophet at Medina from an elevated position. Many of the semi-inhabited structures in the foreground are likely to have been constructed in a manner indigenous to the region; tapering walls constructed from black basalt coated with mud plaster for the lower storeys and similarly coated mud brick for the upper storeys

Historical views of the hajj – in pictures

Credit: HA Mirza & Sons/British Library The City of Medina the Radiant. This image shows the haram (sanctuary) of the Masjid al-Nabawi or Mo.

What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why - The New York Times

What Muslims Do on Hajj, and Why

The horrifying incident took place as some two million people perform the annual haj pilgrimage, Saudi Arabia's al-Ekhbariya television reported

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