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Maroko - Fez The word Medina can be translated as "city". This is the second holy city for all Islam people. According to one theory Medina has been the first city that followed the precepts of the Great Prophet.
Medina's main sights are world-famous Muslim shrines attracting pilgrims from all over the world. The main symbol of the holy city is Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, a mosque famous in legends. … Open
The main place of interest of the city is located in its very center. This is a complex of mosques named Masjid al Nabawi. It is believed that once the house of the Prophet Muhammad was built on this place. Not far away from the walls of his house he built first mosques, which, unfortunately, failed to survive. Instead of these buildings was built a new complex, which became the greatest building in the world. Here is located another attraction - the tomb of the prophet, as well as the tomb of his daughter Fatima and the first caliph Abu Bakr. On the territory of the city you can see over a hundred of mosques that have been constructed on different epochs. Masjid Cuba built in the 7th century is considered the first mosque.
Because Medina is the world's largest religious center, the entrance to its territory is limited to Muslims only. However, everyone can visit suburban areas. It is also worth mentioning that you still will be able to look at the holy places, even from afar. Holiday season is the best time to visit Medina as the climate in this region is rather peculiar. In summer it is very hot and winters are very cold. However, fall and spring will never prevent you from walks and sightseeing. You'll be surprised to see a huge number of palm groves in this place. It is believed that first palm trees have appeared exactly in this area, and then spread throughout Saudi Arabia. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Medina is the largest pilgrimage center in the world. For this reason, the city cannot offer a variety of entertainment venues. Nevertheless, its guests can diversify their leisure … Open
The Masjid al-Qiblatayn Mosque is a no less majestic religious monument. It is a complicated complex of buildings, whose walls are painted white. This mosque differs in its non-standard architectural form. The complex is decorated with many miniature towers and domes. This mosque is also very large. It has a spacious courtyard in which several dozens of palms are planted. Inside the mosque is decorated in light colors. Its visitors can admire the huge chandeliers, the skilful carvings on the walls, as well as ornaments from natural wood.
An original historical site is the ancient cemetery Jannat al-Baqi. It is believed that in this cemetery many rich and famous inhabitants of Medina buried. It is now impossible to find the tombs. From many tombstones there were only fragments of old stones covered with cracks because, for many years the cemetery was in desolation. Not long ago, a tourist center was built on its territory. Excursions to the alleged graves of the great prophets are organized for pilgrims and tourists.
1. If exploring religious shrines is not the only purpose of your trip, the best time to visit Medina is between November and February. During this period, there is the lowest concentration … Open
Fans of fascinating excursions should definitely visit the Al-Madina museum. Its location is a splendid old palace in the national style. A significant part of the artifacts stored in the museum also belongs to religious subjects. Here you can see the belongings of many prophets, old books, jewelry made of precious metals and unique relics that were once kept in ancient mosques. The tour of this museum promises to be incredibly informative. Its collection of religious artifacts is one of the most valuable in the country.
Very interesting excursions to the archaeological area of Madain Saleh Tombs are organized for guests of Medina. Several years ago in this area, researchers discovered the ruins of an ancient city. Its inhabitants carved out their houses and built classy palaces right on the rocks. Several such majestic stone structures have been preserved almost completely to this day. How thousands of years ago the locals managed to build such complex attractions on the rocks, still remains a mystery for researchers. In addition to the majestic stone monuments, in this area, a small museum with a collection of historical artifacts is accessible to tourists to visit.
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Sights around Medina from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Masjid an-Nabawi

From the series “Top Surviving Artifacts of Muslim Civilization”
Nowadays Al-Masjid an-Nabawi mosque is the major attraction for thousands of pilgrims from the whole world. At once here could come up to 600 000 believers. However, during the haj, the number of believers is much bigger. Every year more than one million of people come here to pray. The mosque is well-equipped: it has large stone “umbrellas” which protect the believers not only from the rain and but also from the streams of the strong sun. The height of the minaret is 105 meters. It is incredibly beautiful and more than that it is appealing from the architectural point of view. Only adherence to Muslim confession could visit this outstanding spiritual landmark. … Read further

Sightseeing in Saudi Arabia: things to see

Several important tourist objects are located in the capital of country, the city of Riyadh. Here travellers are recommended to visit the Masmak Fortress that was built in the middle of the 19th century. The fortress was a witness of many important historic events, and since its building it changed owners several times. Initially, the fortress was used as a warehouse, and later a museum was opened in it. … Open
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IHG Brings Its voco Brand to Scotland

As hotels in Scotland might open in April or May, the opening of two new hotels is a signal that life is slowly going back to normal and leisure travel will resume closer to summer. The name of the brand – voco – means “invite” or “call together” in Latin. The Glasgow hotel will be the first property by this brand in Scotland. The voco Grand Central Glasgow is a rebranded property open instead of the existing Grand Central Hotel. IHG reimagined the popular place, retaining its original charm. The new Glasgow hotel now features 230 rooms, meeting and event spaces, and an interesting option – a possibility to contact resident experts known as voco hosts who are ready to explore the most interesting parts of the city together with guests. voco Grand Central is a perfectly suitable choice for both leisure and business travelers. Read this

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