Thursday, May 27, 2010
The Holy Mosque, Makkah
The Holy Mosque or Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.
The second of the five postcards sent by Ivy from Saudi Arabia.
This is from Wikipedia : Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām (Arabic: المسجد الحرام, pronounced [ʔælˈmæsdʒɪd ælħɑˈrɑːm], "The Sacred Mosque") is the largest mosque in the world. Located in the city of Mecca, it surrounds the Kaaba, the place which Muslims worldwide turn towards while offering daily prayers and is Islam's holiest place. The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque.
The current structure covers an area of 4,008,020 square metres (990.40 acres) including the outdoor and indoor praying spaces and can accommodate up to four million Muslim worshippers during the Hajj period, one of the largest annual gatherings of people in the world.