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Magnificent Mosques of Saudi Arabia: Architectural Wonders

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Saudi Arabia is well-known for its diverse culture and rich history. Visitors to the nation can view major ancient landmarks, heritage sites, and stunning natural beauty. The country is also famous for being the birthplace of Islam.

Aside from that, mosques in Saudi Arabia have significant religious importance. The Annual Pilgrimage (Hajj) includes many rites and rituals surrounding these mosques, such as circling them, running in their corridors end to end, and praying at these mosques. Many of these mosques are also part of the ziyarats that tourists or visitors do on trips to the kingdom.

Every year, many pilgrims visit Masjid Al Haram to perform the Hajj and Umrah. Pilgrims visiting the nation should not overlook several other gorgeous mosques. Many of these mosques have become significant religious and cultural symbols that draw tourists worldwide to worship. 

The Hajj and Umrah bring pilgrims into mosques, filling them to their maximum capacity. It’s also important to note that Makkah and Madinah, which are the primary religious sites, only allow Muslims to enter the city’s premises. At times, you have to get a permit to enter Makkah as well.

When traveling to these places, it is always important to stay connected for information about your trip, communicate with your loved ones, and understand the language and culture of the kingdom. Therefore, it is important to have a dedicated prepaid data SIM card for tourists. You don’t necessarily need a Hajj or Umrah Visa to perform pilgrimage anymore. You can now perform Hajj or Umrah with your tourist Visa, too.

Masjid al-Haram

Now that you’ve planned to make the trip to the kingdom, here’s a look at the most beautiful mosques in Saudi Arabia.

Masjid al-Haram is the biggest mosque on earth. Situated in Mecca, the mosque surrounds the Kaba, the holiest place in Islam.

Masjid al-Haram
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It was constructed in 638 AD and has been subjected to several alterations and reconstructions since then. It is currently a beautiful fusion of classic and modern architecture. 

It has a space capable of accommodating 4 million worshipers during the annual Hajj pilgrimage and covers an area of 356,800 square meters; hence, it is an excellent wonder with its sheer size and ornate geometric designs. 

Because of the size of the mosque and the city being developed with Haram as the center, it isn’t easy to find parking near the mosque. On average, you can find parking near Haram, 1–5 km from the mosque.

Because of its religious significance, millions of pilgrims visit the mosque to worship and conduct Hajj and Umrah.

Al-Masjid an-Nabawi

Located in Medina, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Arabic, the name for “The Prophet’s Mosque” in English, is the second holy mosque after Haram and has been erected where the prophet built the first mosque. 

Al-Masjid an-Nabawi
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Its most distinguishing feature is its green dome, positioned in the tower’s center. In the green dome are the graves of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and other Islamic leaders, Abu Bakr and Umar. 

The mosque is built over an area of 170,000 square feet and can accommodate up to 1 million worshippers at a time.

Quba Mosque

A historically significant building, Quba Mosque is situated in Medina. It is one of the world’s most ancient mosques and has great historical importance in Islam. 

Quba Mosque Madina KSA
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Its design is simple but represents the early Islamic architectural style, while its surroundings make it a calm place to pray and reflect. 

The Prophet Muhammad is said to have prayed here on his way to Medina, making it a landmark of early Islamic construction and devotion.