Historical photographs of Makkah

Early photographs of Saudi Arabia's holy city, originally published in 1889
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Shot of the big mosque during a samalat at the Ka'aba (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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The Ka'aba in Makkah (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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View of the tomb of Sittana Maimuna, the wife of the Prophet (PBUH), during the hajj (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Rika, or bridal throne, whereupon the bride is placed during dukhla night in Makkah (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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A view of Makkah (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Groom sitting on marital throne in Makkah (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Hajj tent camp at the tomb of Sittana Maimuna, the wife of the Prophet (PBUH) (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Overview of the holy city of Makkah (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Overview of the holy city of Makkah (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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The hajj tent camp at Sittana Maimuna's tomb (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Tent settlements in the western part of the Mina valley during the hajj (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Settlements in the eastern part of the Mina valley during the hajj (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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View on Muzdalifa, the hajj resting place between Mina valley and Mt. Arafat (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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A hajj tent camp at Mount Arafat (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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A hajj tent camp to the east of Mount Arafat (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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A hajj tent camp to the west of Mount Arafat (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Hajj camp east of Mount Arafat (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Group portrait of Sharif Yahya with his riding camel, his slave and two sharifs of lower rank (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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Hajjis visiting the holy site of Sittana Maimuna's tomb (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai will present an exhibition of the 20 platinum prints during the month of the hajj. The exhibition opened on November 9 and runs until December 6 (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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The Dubai gallery has teamed up with the Dutch Leiden University and Hes & De Graaf Publishers in Houten, the Netherlands, to present a exhibition revisiting the historical photographs of the holy city, published by Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (pictured) in 1889 as 'Bilder aus Mekka' (www.theemptyquarter.com)
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The original plates held by the Leiden University have been rephotographed and reprinted as a portfolio of valuable platinum prints (www.theemptyquarter.com)