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Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām.
Affiliation Islam
Province Makkah
Region Hejaz
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Mosque
Leadership Sheikh Dr.Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais & numerous imams (see below)
Location Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Islamic
Completed 638, 1571
Capacity 900,000 - Capacity increased during Hajj season
Minaret(s) 9
Minaret height 89 metres (292 ft)

Al-Masjid al-Ḥarām (المسجد الحرام "The Sacred Mosque"), is the largest mosque in the world. It is in the city of Mecca. It surrounds the Kaaba (the place which Muslims face while offering daily prayers). It is considered the holiest place on Earth by Muslims. The mosque is also known as the Grand Mosque. This mosque has nine minarets. Like Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, it also has undergone many renovations and expansions. The latest expansion was during King Fahd's reign. Further expansion was planned by the former ruler, King Abdullah.

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