Photo of the Day: Baab Makkah in Jeddah

Photo by Herwig1961 Virtual Tourist

Photo by Herwig1961 Virtual Tourist

The Makkah Gate in Jeddah is one of the oldest gates remaining in the country. Also known as Baab Ashlam and the Sham Gate, it is the one of the main entrances for the Hajj pilgrims. Of the numerous sightseeing (spots) in Jeddah, the Makkah Gate is one of the most prominent. Jeddah sightseeing will never be completed without visiting the fabulous Makkah Gate.During 100 AD Jeddah was fortified by limestone coral walls. Six watchtowers and gates were constructed during the 16th century to fend off Portuguese attacks. Of the six gates, Baab Makkah was the eastern gate, Baab Al Magharibah was the western one and Baab Sharif faced south. The other gates; Baab Al Bunt, Baab Sharaf and Baab Al Madinah faced north.

The Makkah Gate is located in downtown Jeddah. There, pilgrims and tourists are offered fine hospitality. The caravanserais are present to make life easier for the visitors. The architectural brilliance of the gate is worth going through. The Turkish influence is evident in its construction. During the evening, the brightly lit Makkah Gate makes for awesome sightseeing.The city of Jeddah lies in close proximity to the sacred places of Makkah and Madinah.

Source: Asian Rooms – (Slightly Adapted)

2 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Baab Makkah in Jeddah

  1. I caught a glimpse of it two and a half years ago prior to the last ten nights of Ramadhaan. We were newbies then, fresh off the plane. You’d think that after a 17 hour trip we’d want some sleep….nope:)…way too excited. We dropped our luggage off and headed straight back out to tour the city.

    When Baab Makkah was pointed out to me, I was in awe. The photo above is nice, but it’s much more intriguing in person (especially when you think about its history). The gate and nearby marketplaces selling everything from sugar-coated chickpeas to beaded gowns were swarming with people so much so, we could hardly walk. One could easily get lost in the crowd. Even though we were simply shopping, I was taken aback at the sight…everywhere I looked there were masses and masses of people. Some were wearing everyday clothing, while others donned the ihraam. It looked as if we were actually in Makkah. Jeddah is a beautiful city.

    Was salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

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