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The Kaaba over the years — in pictures

Millions of Muslims travel to Mecca for the Hajj every year. Muslims travel to Islam’s most sacred mosque, al-Masjid al-Haram, during the six-day pilgrimage.

The Khana-i-Kaaba’s structure is 50 feet high (15.24 meters), 35 feet (10.67 meters) wide and 40 feet long (12.19 meters) long. Inside the Kaaba, the floor is made of marble and limestone. The interior walls, measuring 43 feet (13 meters) by 30 feet (9 meters), are clad with tiled, white marble halfway to the roof, with darker trimmings along the floor. It is covered by a black silk cloth decorated with gold-embroidered calligraphy. This cloth is known as the kiswa, and it is replaced yearly.

Let’s have a look at the Kaaba and a gradual transformation of the surrounding over the years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photo feature was originally published on the @Alarabiya website.

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