Grand Mosque in Mecca

December 2004
ENR: Engineering News-Record;Dec2004 Construction Facts, Vol. 253, p46
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This article presents information regarding Grand Mosque in Mecca. Ringed by seven towering minarets and 64 gates, this monumental building in Mecca is the largest mosque in the world with 160,000 sq yd of floor space and the capability of holding more than 1.2 million pilgrims simultaneously. Ancient Mecca was an oasis on the caravan route that linked the Mediterranean world with South Arabia, East Africa and South Asia. The original sanctuary, known as the Ka' ba is a cubic stone structure roughly 50 ft in each dimension. Embedded in the corner of the Ka' ba is the Black Stone.


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