Makkah (Mecca) is located 70 km from Jeddah, a seaport and international airport where all Hajis (Pilgrims) disembark. It is the holiest city in Islam and a pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is obligatory upon all able Muslims. Mecca is also the birthplace of our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Like Medina, entry to Makkah is also prohibited for all non-Muslims.
The landmarks of Makkah (Mecca) are Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world. This mosque is also known as the Haram or the Grand Mosque. The mosque surrounds the Kaaba, towards which Muslims turn while offering daily prayers.
Soon after the birth of the holy prophet, his mother passed away. His father had died even before he was born.
He was brought up by his uncle, Abu Talib and grandfather, Abdul Muttalib. He began his business tours at the age of nine.
He lived in Mecca from 570 A.D. to 622 A.D. till the age of 52 years. He then, migrated to Medina where he spent rest of his life.
Mecca and Medina is known for its holy mosques. Mecca houses the largest mosque – Masjid-al-Haram. Masjid Baithullah, Al-Safa and Al-Marwa masjid are also situated in Mecca. The pilgrims travelled from Mecca to Medina every year.
As time went by, various events occurred as these holy sites transformed into the beautiful and magnificent landmarks on earth.
We present here some rare emotional pictures of the holy cities of Mecca and Medina in the older times:
Whether you smile, laugh, or cry, these pictures are definitely some of the most emotional examples of photos that were taken a long time ago.
1. (1 of 2) A photograph of the Kaaba (center of photo) in the city of Mecca circa 1887.
(2 of 2) An aerial view shows the Grand Mosque and the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia’s city of Mecca on September 25, 2015
2. (1 of 2) A view of the city of Mecca, circa 1887
(2 of 2) An aerial view of Mecca, with the Grand Mosque at center, on September 25, 2015
3. (1 of 2) The western part of the Mina Valley, outside Mecca, during the Hajj pilgrimage, circa 1887.
(2 of 2) Tents for pilgrims attending the annual Hajj pilgrimage fill the Mina Valley on September 25, 2015.
4. (1 of 2) Pilgrims in the eastern part of the Mina Valley, circa 1887
(2 of 2) Muslim pilgrims walk past tents in Mina, near the holy city of Mecca, on September 25, 2015.
5. (1 of 2) Pilgrims at a rest station near Mount Arafat, east of Mecca, during the Hajj, circa 1887.
(2 of 2) Muslim pilgrims walk on roads as they head to cast stones at pillars symbolizing Satan during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mina on the first day of Eid al-Adha, on September 24, 2015.
6. (1 of 2) Pilgrims pray while standing around the Kaaba in Mecca, circa 1887
(2 of 2) Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba in Mecca on September 22, 2015
7. (1 of 2) A photograph showing buildings in Mecca, circa 1887, including the Hamīdijjah, a government building constructed during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II, and the Jiyād fortress in the background.
(2 of 2) The Abraj Al-Bait Towers, with their four-faced clock, stand over the Kaaba as Muslims encircle it inside the Grand Mosque, during the Hajj on September 25, 2015
8. (1 of 2) A view of the city of Mecca, circa 1887
(2 of 2) An aerial view of Mecca is seen on October 5, 2014