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Ottoman Prayer Hall of Masjid an-Nabawi

Ottoman section (الجزء العثماني من مسجد النبوي) or the Ottoman prayer hall, also known as the Old Masjid al-Nabawi (المسجد النبوي القديم), is the remenant of the Ottoman era building of Masjid an-Nabawi. Today it is the smallest but most adorned and significant part of the Prophet's Mosque. It dates back to the time of Sultan Abdulmajid I.

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circa 1500 CE

circa 1500 CE

The interior facade of the Ottoman era building from the first courtyard (حصورة الاولى) of Masjid an-Nabawi. This courtyard belongs to the first Saudi expansion. The facade and the upper parts of the Ottoman era structure were painted meroon, which were recently repainted baige to match the newer color of the Saudi expansion.

circa 1500 CE

Ottoman Prayer Hall (identify) includes the tomb of prophet Muhammad, Rawdah Ridwan ul-Jannah, Mehrab Uthmani, Mehrab Suleimani, and Dikkat ul-Tahajjud. This section also includes the Green Dome, only remaining Ottoman era minaret. This area is fully roofed with domes and can be accessed through first courtyard from north, through Bab as-Salam, Bab abi Bakr and Bab al-Rehmah in the west and Bab al-Baqi, Bab Jibrael and Bab an-Nisa in the east.

circa 1500 CE

Last Ottoman expansion and reconstruction took place during the time of Sultan Abdulmajid I, which completed in about 13 years.

circa 1500 CE

The Ottoman prayer hall is topped with about 170 domes of different sizes. The largest of these domes is the Green Dome over the tomb of prophet Muhammad, and a smaller silver dome over the Mehrab Uthmani, the current functional dome. This section is topped with two minarets one on the south-western corner is from Ottoman era and has typical conical top of Ottoman architecture.

circa 1500 CE

The tomb of prophet Muhammad is the most important part of Masjid an-Nabawi. It is where prophet Muhammad is buried along with two of his companions, first and second caliphs Abu Bakr and Umar ibn al-Khattab respectively.

circa 1900 CE

Bab as-Salam, Masjid al-Nabawi

Bab as-Salam is the most notable and magnificient gate of Masjid an-Nabawi. The gate, today, is not in its original location, it has moved significantly westwards during several expansions of the mosque. Current external facade dates back to first Saudi expansion, but the gate's inner sections date back to as far back as mid-ninteenth century CE, to the time of Sultan Abdulmajid I. This gate is directly inline with the modern Bab al-Baqi. It is one of the six gates, other being Bab abi-Bakr, Bab ul-Rehmah, Bab al-Baqi, Bab Jibrael, and Bab Nisa that allow direct access

circa 1500 CE

The Qibla wall is the most adorned wall of Masjid an-Nabawi and dates back to late 1840s reconstruction and expansion of the prophet's mosque by Ottoman Sultan Abdulmajid I. The Qibla wall is adorned with some 185 names of prophet Muhammad. Other inscriptions and calligrap

circa 1500 CE

Rawdah Ridwan ul-Jannah lies at the heart of the Masjid Nabawi, also known as the Rawdahtul Riyad ul-Jannah and Rawdah Sharifah (الروضة الشريفة). It extends from prophet Muhammad's tomb to his pulpit (minbar). green carpet distinguishes the area from the rest of the mosque, which is covered in a red carpet. Pilgrims attempt to visit the confines of the area, for there is a tradition that supplications and prayers uttered here are never rejected. Access into the area is not always possible, especially during the Hajj season, as the space can only accommodate a few hundred people.

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Dome(s)

Green Dome · Silver Dome · Smaller Domes

Bab as Salam · Bab e abi-Bakr al-Siddiqe · Bab ur-Rahmah · Bab al Hijrah · Bab e Quba · King Saud Gate · Bab al-Aqiq · Bab Sultan 'Abdul Majeed · Bab e Umar ibn al-Khattab · Badr Gate · Bab Malik al-Fahad · Bab Uhud · Bab Uthman ibn Affan · Bab 'Ali ibn abi Talib · Bab Abuzr Ghiffari · Bab Malik 'Abdulaziz · Bab Makkah · Bab e Bilal Habashi · Bab e Nisa · Bab e Jibraeel · Bab al Baqi · Gate of Imams

Bab us-Salam Minaret · Minaret of Qaitabey

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Other(s)

Qibla Wall · Muazzin's platform (Mukabariyya) · Library · Multimedia · Fundation Stones · Antique Manuscripts Hall · Riyad ul-Jannah · Jannat ul-Baqi · Masjid Nabawi Piazza

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