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Medina, Saudia Arabia

Medina is a city in the Hejaz region of western Saudi Arabia. An oasis city dating as far back as the 6th century, Medina ranks as the second holiest city of Islam, after Mecca. It is historically significant for being the home of Muhammad after the Hijrah and for the Mosque of the Prophet. It is situated in the most fertile part of the Hejaz territory where an immense plain extends to the south. The city forms an oval, surrounded by a strong wall, 30 feet high, dating from the 12th century. The Mosque of the Prophet stands to the east of the city and resembles the mosque at Mecca on a smaller scale. It is believed that one prayer here is as good as a thousand elsewhere. The mosque has been twice burned and reconstructed.

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