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The Great Mosque, Masjid al-Haram, remains of the most famous destination in Mecca. This mosque hosts a priceless religious artifact of all Muslims - the Black Stone. According to a legend, this stone was gifted by God to Adam and Eve as a symbol of forgiveness. The mosque amazes visitors with its size and beautiful design. … Open

Chapters of the guide to Mecca

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Elaf Kinda Hotel is open in an incredibly beautiful high-rise building. This relatively small hotel is open not far from the Great Mosque of Mecca. Premium wooden décor, luxurious carpets with intricate patterns, and the abundance of designer decorations – all these make any stay at the hotel an unforgettable one. Both locals and guests of the city like Al Majlis restaurant that is also open at the hotel. Al … Open

Attractions and active leisure

The hotel, which is ready to receive up to a hundred thousand pilgrims a year, is located in the highest building of the city - the Royal Abraj al-Bait Tower. There is also a Moon observation Center, which has many telescopes. You can get here as part of the tour. Of course, the Moon observation Center won't impress keen astronomers too much. This place was created for religious purposes, but not for the sake of … Open

Traditions and mentality of Mecca

No one sleeps at this time also in Mecca. It is customary to pray and keep the fast regardless of whether Muslims perform Hajj or not. The pilgrims collect seven stones in the valley of Muzdalifah. They return to the camp in the valley of Mina on the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah. Here all seven stones should be thrown into the last of the three pillars, which symbolizes the Devil. It's customary to make sacrifices … Open

Travel guide to Mecca

Traditional souvenir shops offer various fragrant oils and perfumes created on their basis. Female visitors simply cannot resist jewelry in the traditional Arabian style that often comes with precious and semiprecious stones. Beads, headwear in the national style, and special carpets for prayers handmade by local craftsmen are also popular categories of souvenirs. Visit local markets in order to shop for amazing … Open

Mecca for children - what to visit

However, it is unlikely that such a restriction will be accepted at least for the reason that staying of parents with children on the Hajj has been simplified recently in the city. A special kindergarten for pilgrims was opened. It is located in Abraj al-Beit Tower. It is possible to leave the child with specially trained tutors here. Keep in mind that many locals speak little English. So if your child does not … Open

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