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Saudi Arabia releases first-ever photos of holy Kaaba stone

17 28 20

With attendance at the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca limited for the second year in a row due to coronavirus restrictions, Saudi Arabia has for the first time released images of the ancient holy stone of the Kaaba, a black masonry cube at the center of the ritual that Muslims around the world pray to daily.

The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Saudi Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque released photos of the al-Hajar al-Aswad, or the Black Stone, as part of a series showing a number of holy artifacts that play a role in the hajj.

The General Presidency, which oversees the holy sites in Mecca, said 1,050 high-resolution photographs were taken in a seven-hour session. The images are up to 49,000 megapixels in size and took more than 50 hours to photograph and develop, the religious agency said.

The stone, which Islamic tradition holds fell at the time of Adam and Eve, is framed in........

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