"the holy city of Mecca"
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Masjid Al Haram, Mecca
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 The Saudi Arabian city of Mecca is the most holy site in Islam.  It was built around a natural well, and is said to be the first place God created.  In Islamic tradition, Ibrahim and his son Ismael built the Ka'ba here, a rectangular brick structure which now stands in the centre of the great mosque, Masjid al-Haram.  Mecca was already a significant trade hub when Muhammad was born there in 570.

Today, Mecca is a modern and cosmopolitan city of 2 million people.


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