Site of Worship
An opportunity to visit Makkah is the ultimate blessing for many Muslims across the world. This is Islam’s holiest city, as it is where the Prophet Muhammad was born and where the Quran was originally given to him. It’s also a regular part of devout Muslims’ daily routines, as they face Makkah to pray five times a day. One of the five pillars of Islam is the yearly Hajj pilgrimage to the city, although millions of people visit the city all year to conduct the shorter Umrah pilgrimage.
The great majority of visitors are pilgrims who want to spend as much time as possible within the magnificent Grand Mosque complex, which is a bustling hub of activity at all hours of the day. If you have time after completing Umrah’s compulsory procedures, the ancient city of Mecca has plenty to offer to supplement your knowledge of the location and the faith itself, from museums to sites that served as backgrounds to some of Islam’s most significant events.