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Al-Haram Mosque, Saudi Arabia

From series “The Most Iconic Temples in the World”
Year: 16th century. Height: 95 meters.

The largest mosque in the world is located in Mecca. On the territory of the Al-Masjid al-Haram Mosque is the most important Islamic sanctuary - the Kaaba. As the legend tells, the construction of the first mosque near the great sanctuary began in 638. The mosque, which is visited by millions of believers today, was mentioned in the historical documents for the first time in 1570. The mosque area is 357 000 sqm, and the height of the minarets reaches 95 meters. Four huge gates serve as an entrance into the mosque. In addition, the mosque was equipped with 44 entrances all round.

Al-Haram Mosque, Saudi Arabia Apart from the Kaaba, the mosque also preserves many other religious sanctuaries, including the stone 'makan Ibrahim' and the holy source Zam-zam. The last major reconstruction of the mosque was completed in 2012, its territory is still 400 square meters larger. Although today more than a million people can be unique on the mosque terrarium, the mosque can not receive all the pilgrims during the religious holidays.

Recently, the adjacent territory was also reconstructed for carrying out the religious events. Only 2.5 million people can be found within the mosque and the adjacent squares. The huge popularity of the religious monument has brought to the perfection of the surrounding infrastructure, near the mosque is the largest skyscraper complex in the world - located Abraj Al Bait Towers. In some towers are the chic hotels, from whose rooms one can enjoy the panorama of one of the most majestic religious buildings Next - Temple of Emerald Buddha


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Best hotels near Al-Haram Mosque

Nawazi Ajyad Hotel

Located in 0 km from Al-Haram Mosque
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Rooms: 180
Rooms include wooden floors and a classic décor. Each has a TV, a tea/coffee maker, and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Some offer views of the … More: photo, rates and booking
Nawazi Watheer Hotel

Located in 1 km from Al-Haram Mosque
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Rooms: 398
Rooms include a TV and a tea/coffee maker. Each has a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a bathrobe and hairdryer. Transportation from … More: photo, rates and booking
Rowaa Golden Hotel

Located in 2 km from Al-Haram Mosque
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Rooms: 186
All units at Rowaa Golden Hotel are furnished with warm colours. Each room comes with a minibar, TV and private bathroom with a bath and shower. You … More: photo, rates and booking
Makarim Mina Hotel

Located in 3 km from Al-Haram Mosque
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Rooms: 294
All rooms feature tiled floors. Each unit offers a seating area with a flat-screen TV and a minibar. The bathroom is fitted with a shower. Makkah … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Al-Haram Mosque - Mecca

Every landmark of Mecca is a truly unique place. Al Haram Mosque is, without a doubt, the main symbol of the city and the religious landmark of the international level. According to historical data, the building of a mosque on this site started yet in 638. The mosque, which pilgrims from all over the world come to see these days, was built in the second half of the 16th century. During its long history, the mosque was reconstructed many times, so its look has changed virtually beyond recognition during the last four centuries.

The last extensive reconstruction of the mosque took place more than 30 years ago. Thanks to a series of renovation works, the Al-Haram complex was extended and two minarets appeared there. The size of the modern mosque is 309,000 square meters, and the height of the construction is 95 meters. For the convenience of guests, Al-Haram has escalators and a modern air-conditioning system in the halls. Al-Haram Mosque is a unique religious building that can provide space for up to 700,000 people simultaneously.
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