Mecca is a city in Saudi Arabia. It is known because the most important shrine of the country, the Kaaba, stands there. It is the most important place to which Muslims make pilgrimages.
In Mecca, Mohammed was born, about the year 570 AD. He founded Islam, a world religion. The second most important place of pilgrimage in Islam is Medina, where Muhammad died.
Modern Mecca has about one and a half million inhabitants. The city has grown a lot in recent years. Entire neighborhoods were demolished to build modern houses there. Most of them are hotels and other houses so that pilgrims can stay and eat.
What country is the Mecca in?
Mecca is located in the west of Saudi Arabia. The metropolis of 1.3 million is located about 80 kilometers from the Red Sea.
For Muslims, the picturesque city has a special meaning. It is considered the homeland of Muhammad – in 570 AD he is said to have seen the light of day here.
It is not for nothing that it is one of the most popular Muslim pilgrimage sites in the world. Every year, millions of Muslims make their way to Western Saudi Arabia.
Can non Muslims go to Mecca?
What is in the black box in Mecca?
Why is Mecca sacred?