The Holy Kaaba Over the Years
The awe-inspiring Kaaba and its vast surroundings we see and experience these days is the forever changing design and ingenuity that goes in to handling the enormous number of pilgrims who make the sacred journey of Hajj each year along with the many people who come to perform Umrah throughout the year.
The beloved Kabaa that we see today has had some visual changes through its years, below we have documented the Holy Kaaba over the years.
Kaaba 1400 years ago
A depiction of what the Kaaba may have looked like 1400 years ago based from descriptions and measurements found in written history.
A drawing of the Kaaba, for what looks like a diagram or guide for pilgrims.
Another black and white illustration of the Kaaba from 1830
An illustration of the Kaaba and its surroundings in the year 1850.
A sepia photograph of the Kaaba from the year 1880.
Another sepia photograph of the Kaaba from around 1889.
A colour illustration of the Kaaba and surrounding are from 1897.
A colour scanned photograph of the Kaaba in the 1900’s
A black and white photograph of the Kaaba in 1910 in the month of Hajj
A close up photograph of the Kaaba from 1910
Black and white photograph of the Kaaba from 1916
A sepia image of the Kaaba from 1917
Black and white photograph of the Kaaba in 1937
Black and white photography of the Kaaba and its surroundings in the year 1951
A colour photograph of the Kaaba around the year 1953, a more familiar look to what we see these days.
Another colour photograph of the Kaaba, this one is from 1954.
An image of the Kaaba from 2009
The holy Kaaba photograph from 2010
An aerial photo of the Kaaba and its surroundings with the famous Clock Tower that opened in 2012.
A photo of the Kaaba in 2015 with the introduction of the temporary rings for tawaf to accommodate more pilgrims.
Without a doubt the Kaaba with its simple yet elegantly draped cube shape and the area around it will continue to evolve and adapt to allow more and more pilgrims to come and take the momentous journey of Hajj.
Here are some concepts for the future of the Kaaba, Grand Mosque and surrounding areas.