Masjid al-Haram

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Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām.
Basic information
Location Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Geographic coordinates 21°25′19.2″N 39°49′33.6″E / 21.422°N 39.826°E / 21.422; 39.826Coordinates: 21°25′19.2″N 39°49′33.6″E / 21.422°N 39.826°E / 21.422; 39.826
Affiliation Islam
Region Hejaz
Province Makkah
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Mosque
Leadership Sheikh Dr.Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais & numerous imams (see below)
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic
Completed 638, 1571
Specifications
Capacity 900,000 - Capacity increased during Hajj season
Minaret(s) 9
Minaret height 89 metres (292 ft)

Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām (المسجد الحرام IPA: [ʔælˈmæsʤɪd ælħɑˈrɑːm] "The Sacred Mosque"), is the largest mosque in the world. It is in the city of Mecca. It surrounds the Kaaba (the place which Muslims face while offering daily prayers). It is considered the holiest place on Earth by Muslims. The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque. This mosque has nine minarets. Like Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, it also has undergone many renovations and expansions. The latest expansion was during King Fahd's reign. Further expansion also has already been planned by the current ruler, King Abdullah.[1]

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