12 Interesting Facts About Makkah You Didn’t Know

By umrahme | Published on Jul 20, 2023

Makkah is the most sacred place on earth and the most beloved city to Muslims around the globe. While its rich heritage and historic importance are well known, Makkah also holds many surprises. Few know the full story of the city that lies at the heart of Islam.

In this blog post, we’re going to explore unknown facts about Makkah that will make you see this beloved city in a new light. Let’s jump right in!

    1. Makkah is reputed to be the oldest inhabited city in the world. Check out our comprehensive Makkah Travel Guide for insider travel tips and insights.
    2. Al-Masjid Al-Haram was listed by The Telegraph as the world’s most expensive building, with a construction cost of $100 billion.
    3. Did you know that the world’s highest prayer room is in Makkah? Situated 600m above sea level in the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel, it can accommodate up to six people.
    4. Zamzam well is believed to be around 4,000 years old.
    5. The Black Stone has not always been in Al-Haram Al-Sharif. In 930 AD it was stolen by the Qarmatians, who took it to Eastern Arabia.
    6. Makkah has some areas that don’t fall within Al-Haram boundaries, such as the neighborhood of Sharaya.
    7. Even though Makkah holds a sacred position in Islamic history, it was never the capital of any Islamic empire. However, it received continued maintenance from various Muslim rulers.
    8. In popular English usage, “Mecca” refers to any place that draws large numbers of people.
    9. Makkah’s city center, the location of the Masjid Al-Haram, is at a lower elevation than the rest of the city, making it prone to flash floods in the past.
    10. Although Madinah is commonly known as the “City of the Prophet“, our beloved Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) spent approx. 50 yrs of his life in Makkah.Planning a visit to Madinah? Check out our comprehensive Madinah Travel Guide – an essential resource filled with useful tips and information.
    11. In the past, Al Ka’aba had two doors (one for entering, the other for exiting) as well as a window, whereas the modern structure, now only has one door and no windows.
    12. Al Ka’aba was not always covered in black & gold kiswa cloth. In earlier times, it was adorned with a variety of colored coverings, including red.

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