Mecca from a height

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September 24 at the site of the camp to the bridge on the way JAMRI from Muzdalifah to Mina at the huge crowds of people during a stampede killed 769 people. Prior to that, September 11 there was a falling construction crane on the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, killing 107 people, injured about 240. In general, a dangerous place ...

Mecca - a city in western Saudi Arabia, located 100 km from the Red Sea. It is a center of pilgrimage for Muslims and non-Muslims from entering Mecca is forbidden. Thanks to photographer Ahmad Masood, who visited here after the tragedy, we see rare pictures - city of Mecca from a height.

Mecca from a height

Mecca - the holy city of Muslims. In the year 630, having strengthened their position, Muslims Medina community, led by the Prophet Muhammad entered Mecca, the city surrendered without a fight, the inhabitants converted to Islam. Mecca with the holy Kaaba was transformed into a religious center, and the Muslims began to pray facing Mecca, wherever they are.

Mecca from a height

A view of the Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca - the world's main and largest mosque in the courtyard which is the main sanctuary of Islam - the Kaaba. This crane has fallen here September 11, 2015.

Mecca from a height

The construction of the first mosque around the Kaaba belongs to the year 638. The current mosque is known since 1570. During its existence, the mosque was reconstructed several times, so that the original construction is little left.

Pilgrims at the Al-Haram in Mecca, September 25, 2015. And a bunch of cranes too.

Mecca from a height

In the late 1980s occurred reconstruction of the mosque when it from the south-west side built a huge enclosure with two minarets. It is in this case there is now the main entrance to the mosque - King Fahad Gate.

Cube in the center - it is the Kaaba - a Muslim shrine in the form of a cubic construction in the courtyard of the Masjid al-Haram (Sacred Mosque) in Mecca. This is one of the main places to collect, according to the Qur'anic prescriptions pilgrims during the Hajj. Kaaba is a symbolic name "Al-Beit Al-Haram," which means in Arabic "sacred house".

Mecca from a height

In Mecca, in times of the greatest number of pilgrims often occur crush, fire and other incidents with the wounded and dead. So, in 1990 in the pedestrian tunnel between Mecca and Mina, killing about 1500 pilgrims.

Tent city of Muslim pilgrims, September 25, 2015, Mecca.

Mecca from a height

Mecca is located at an altitude of 227 meters above sea level and about 80 kilometers from the coast of the Red Sea.

By the way, this is the place where the pillars symbolizing Satan. Here and there was a stampede that killed 769 people. The essence of the ritual is: pilgrims must throw stones at pillars symbolizing Satan. Muslims believe in the same prophet Abraham did when throwing stones at the devil. During the ceremony, some of the faithful try to come as close as possible to the posts. Deadly flow of millions of people to stop hard ...

Mecca from a height

The same place with more distance. A valley outside Mecca, where he began the world's largest tent city of Mina the pilgrims. Mina valley - located in two important rituals of Hajj - the throwing of stones at the adjacent columns (Jamarat al.), And sacrifice.

Mecca from a height

The size of the tent camp really astonishing. Mecca, September 25, 2015.

Mecca from a height

Typically, the number of tents in Mina reaches 100 thousand, which is home to about 3 million pilgrims.

Mecca from a height

In the holy places you are not alone, there are cameras that broadcast the picture on screens of security monitors. Mecca, September 25, 2015.

Mecca from a height

Mecca economy is heavily dependent on the annual pilgrimage. Revenues from Hajj actually nourish not only the economy of Mecca, but also to a large extent the economy of the whole of the Arabian Peninsula.

Mecca from a height

has finished a small virtual tour of the general view of the main mosque in Al-Haram and Mecca, September 25, 2015. Ahead - Meccan hour Royal Tower (Makkah Clock Royal Tower) from the Meccan hours, finally unfinished only in 2012, but has already become one of the the most important symbols of Mecca and Saudi Arabia. The tower will boast 662 meters of the main structure and the 155-meter steel spire topped with a crescent moon.

Mecca from a height