Umrah Gate (Masjid al-Haram)

By the Editors of the Madain Project

The Umrah Gate (باب العمرة), named after the lesser ritual visitation or pilgrimage to Mecca, is one of the largest gates of the Masjid al-Haram. It is located directly to the west of Ka'ba, on the north-western corner of the Mataf area. Bab al-Umrah is one of the five main entrances into the old compound of Masjid al-Haram.

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Overview

circa 100 CE

The Umrah Gate was renovated circa 2018/19 CE during the King Abdullah Expansion. The previous gate, built during the second Saudi expansion was demolished and re-built on the same design of bab al-Malik. The Ka'bah, located to the east, is directly visible from this gate.

Historically the Bab al-Umrah used to have two minarets over it, but after the recent reconstruction not only the architecture has been significantly altered; no minarets have been added to the gate.

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