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The Mecca Clock Tower

Mecca_ClockThe Mecca Clock Tower

Built from 2004 to 2012 with a height of 601 meters. The building has 120 floors, which are connected with 94 elevators. The area has a total of 1.575 million square meters.

The Hotel Tower is topped by the largest clock in the world. Dials are mounted on all four sides and each has a diameter of 43 meters. They are illuminated by two million LED lights. The execution is based to be able to read the clock up to 8 kilometers away. The dial is made of an glass mosaic with more than 90 million pieces, whereupon the arms of Saudi Arabia can be seen. The minute hand has a lenght of 23 meters and a width of 3.5 meters, and can be walked on. The weight is 7.5 tons. The hour hand is 18 meters long. The clock is equipped with solar power.

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Clock – Collection: Hijra

Clock - Lunar2

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Hijra (translated from Arabic) means migration and emigration. The term is used to denote the Islamic era established by the second caliph of the Arab caliphate Omar I in 638 of the Common Era in honour of the migration of the Prophet Mohammad from Mecca to Yasrib (Medina). This event is considered as key to the history of the emergence of Islam. 17 years after the great migration, caliph Omar I made it the foundation of the Islamic calendar, taking Friday, 16 July 622 – the day the Prophet Mohammad left Mecca – as the first day of the new era. It is a lunar calendar, meaning that the periods are calculated according to the changes in the phases of the moon. It thus does not depend on the movement of the sun.

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