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Mecca Saudia Arabia

Mecca, located in western Saudi Arabia, is the holiest Islam city. Each year millions visit the city for the annual pilgrimage, Hajj, which is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and thus obligatory for all Muslims with the physical and financial ability to do so. Pilgrimages to Mecca have been undertaken for over 2000 years. Before the Islamic tradition began, Mecca was visited by Christians and Jews alike. Pilgrims, dressed in sandals and white clothes, enter the city and circle seven times the center of the Sacred Mosque, said to have been built by Prophet Abraham himself and his son, Ishmael. Non-Muslims are forbidden to enter the city due to its sacredness.

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