Cheap flights to Medinah
With so many cheap flights to Medinah currently available, now is the perfect opportunity to visit this beautiful and historic city steeped in Islamic and Arab culture and tradition. The International airport is only 15 km from the city and is very well served by public transport. Being such a popular tourist destination Medinah offers a terrific variety of choice when it comes to available accommodation. This extends from luxurious five star, resort based, hotels to more simple budget conscious Bed and Breakfasts. So whether you wish to visit the many holy places, or just soak up the atmosphere of the local culture, there is plenty for the visitor to see and do in this charming and unique city.
Being the burial place of the Prophet Muhammad it is the second most holy place in Islam after Makkah. This makes it a city rich in religious heritage and high in the list of places to visit for everyone of faith, where ever they come from in the world. As well as pilgrims, the wonderful architecture on display everywhere is a draw for all those interested in history.
Perhaps the most essential attraction to visit is the Quba Mosque which is situated just to the southwest of Medinah. This site has the distinction of being the first mosque built by Muhammad and is therefore the oldest mosque in the world. The mosque we see today was constructed on this original site and was completed in 1986 to facilitate the huge number of worshipers. Although the ribbed white domes and basalt facing still reflects the simple and austere attitude of traditional Medinah, its imposing presence on the evening skyline when the minarets are lit is a beauty to behold.
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi Mosque
Visitors to Medinah can also take the opportunity to witness the al-Masjid an-Nabawi Mosque, or the Prophets Mosque, which is especially popular with pilgrims performing the hajj. Muhammad is reputed to have helped in its construction after he came to Medinah in 622 CE and is only predated by Quba Mosque. It is centrally located and close to all the major hotels and old markets. It is one of the largest mosques in the world and the distinctive green dome at the south-eastern corner of the mosque houses the tomb of Muhammad. Juma and Qiblatain mosques are also worth visiting for their architecture and history.
Kaaki Museum and the Bazaars
The Kaaki Museum outlines the early development of Medinah to the present day and its numerous displays will prove both interesting and educational. No journey to Medinah would be complete without a trip to the internationally renowned Dates Market which is extremely popular with foreign visitors in particular. Here it is possible to buy either flavored or traditional khajji dates of the highest quality and taste. The Old Bazaar sells everything from electric goods to perfume and will certainly have something for everyone. There are a number of very popular festivals hosted in Medinah. The Medinah forum showcases the best local poetry recitals, camel riding, tent making and fire lighting competitions. Medinah also boasts a wide cosmopolitan choice of excellent restaurants selling an extensive range of local dishes as well as a comprehensive menu to cater for western palates.
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The Masjid Al-Nabawi is a beautiful mosque.. It contains the Green Dome, one of the most wonderful domes in the Islam. This mosque is also known for the beautiful umbrellas.
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