Like many cities in the world, Makkah has transformed over the last decades; however, Makkah is not like other cities in the world. It is the holiest site for Muslims around the world. With the recent appearance of large buildings in the vicinity of the Kaaba, many are sad to see that the holiest place in the world is starting to get a name for being the Las Vegas for pilgrims. And the massive construction projects don’t look to be slowing down any time soon as the Saudi government is spending billions of dollars to commercialize Makkah into a modern, extravagant religious tourist hub.
Here is a look at how Makkah has transformed over the years:
Pilgrims performing Hajj at Kabbah which looks very different from today.
Although this is a painting it give a somewhat accurate feel of that era.
An aerial view of Makkah almost a century ago
Year 1941 – The Floodings of Makkah
Due to Makkah being in a valley, flooding used to be an issue; however, with the new architecture this isn’t an issue anymore.
We can start seeing some of the changes in the construction.
A huge difference from how it looked a century ago.
An aerial view which shows the massive changes Makkah has undergone over the years.
The future of Makkah
Do you think Makkah 2020 is a good project even though it means destroying the valuable heritage of the city?