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Mecca: Saudi Arabian city and capital of the Makkah province
Mecca, officially Makkah al-Mukarramah and commonly shortened to Makkah, is the holiest city in Islam and the capital of the Makkah Province of Saudi Arabia. The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah on the Red Sea, in a narrow valley 277 m (909 ft) above sea level. Its last recorded population was 1,578,722 in 2015. estimated metro population in 2020 is 2.042 million, making it the third-most populated city in the kingdom. Pilgrims more than triple this number every year during the Ḥajj pilgrimage, observed in the twelfth Hijri month of Dhūl-Ḥijjah.

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Pilgrims respect social distancing during final walk around the Kaaba [Video]

Pilgrims respect social distancing during final walk around the Kaaba

Muslims pilgrims in the Mecca took part in the final tawaf on haj on Sunday by walking seven laps around the Kaaba, a stone structure that is the most sacred in Islam and the direction which Muslims..

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Haj pilgrims gather for second day of stoning of devil ritual [Video]

Haj pilgrims gather for second day of stoning of devil ritual

Muslim pilgrims in Saudi Arabia took part in the second day of the symbolic stoning of the devil near Mecca on Saturday but maintained social distancing in a ritual that usually brings millions of..

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Turks hold first Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia mosque [Video]

Turks hold first Eid prayers at Hagia Sophia mosque

Eid al-Adha -- the Feast of Sacrifice -- is one of the most important holidays in the Muslim Calendar. It includes the pilgrimage to holy city of Mecca, the haj, which is one of the five pillars of..

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The chosen few enjoy Mecca's Haj pilgrimage [Video]

The chosen few enjoy Mecca's Haj pilgrimage

Pilgrims performed their main Tawaf, the act of going around the Kaaba seven times, following the first day of a symbolic stoning of the devil ritual on Friday.

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Mecca's Grand Mosque perfumed ahead of Haj [Video]

Mecca's Grand Mosque perfumed ahead of Haj

Saudi authorities started perfuming the holy sites of Mecca's Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque in Medina on Monday ahead of the start of Haj.

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Saudi Arabia To Limit Pilgrims To Perform Hajj [Video]

Saudi Arabia To Limit Pilgrims To Perform Hajj

Saudi Arabia will strictly limit the number of people who can take part in this year's Hajj pilgrimage. The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca will be limited because of the coronavirus, according to CNN. Saudi..

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