Factory of Kaaba Kiswa
The Kiswa factory dates back to 1397 AH. It consists of many divisions specialising in the making of the kiswa the cloth that covers the Holy Kaaba – starting with the testing of the quality of the silk in a lab prior to the dyeing process. It’s considered to be one of the prominent landmarks of Makkah and provides housing for around 200 craftsmen.
Previously known as Zahir Palace, the 3435 sqm museum reflects the teachings of the Quran and the Prophet’s traditions. It offers a range of Saudi Arabia’s archaeological findings that showcase pre-Islamic history and the origins of Islamic calligraphy.
Only 20 metres away from the Holy Kaaba lies a well at a depth of about 13.5 metres. It carries clean water which is abundant in rich minerals that are useful for the body. It has been flowing for thousands of years and has not dried up yet. The Islamic belief is that the well is a miraculously generated source of water.
Holy Quran Exhibition
Want to know more about the history of the Holy Quran? This stunning gallery introduces visitors to the content of the Quran using advanced technologies. Scientific material pertaining to the content of Quran is collected and verified, and then it is expressed using artistic creations. The most popular exhibit is the embroidered Quran.
A significant historic site with religious significance, Ghar Thawr is located in Jabal Thawr which is about four kilometres away from the Grand Mosque. It is believed that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) sought refuge in this cave for a few days while migrating to Madina. The cave is actually a hollow rock which is 1.25 metres high and has two openings. The Prophet is said to have entered from the opening in the west and you can see the Grand Mosque and the Holy Kaaba from the opening in the east.
Makkah Al Mukarramah Library
One of the most important libraries in Islamic history, located at the birthplace of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) houses more than 350,000 rare books and manuscripts, making it a prominent landmark in Makkah.
Mount Abu Qubays
According to Islamic references, Mount Abu Qubays is considered to be the very first mountain on earth. It is also believed that the black stone located in front of the Kaaba was collected from this mountian. Don’t miss out on the chance to visit the very significant landmark.