Masjid al-Haram (also known as The Sacred Mosque, The Grand Mosque) is in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and it is the most magnificent and largest mosque in the world.
The mosque is open for prayers, five times a day, and can accommodate more than four million people.
With a covered area of 400,800 square meters, the mosque has indoor and outdoor praying areas.
It was designed to house the Kaaba, a cube structure considered by Islam believers to be the House of God.
The oldest part of the structure was built in the 16th century.
As a grand destination for Muslim pilgrims, and a huge attraction for curious tourists, it receives millions of worshippers every year. Muslims from all over the world gather at Masjid al-haram to perform Hajj, which is a yearly Islamic pilgrimage to the city of Mecca.
The mosque was enlarged and modernized several times to be able to accommodate the increasing influx of pilgrims from all over the world.Places nearby:
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