08-16-2018 10:48 AM - last edited on 08-23-2018 09:56 AM by Atsukot
This month, Muslims from around the globe traveled to Saudi Arabia to begin the annual Islamic pilgrimage known as the Hajj. On Voyager in Google Earth, you can follow their footsteps and learn more about its history through Pilgrimage to Mecca, an interactive story that celebrates the Hajj.
Travel photography and photospheres taken by Local Guides like you bring each stop of the pilgrimage to life. They transport Google Earth users to significant sites with 360° views and capture the spirit of this epic journey. Flying first to Jeddah Airport’s Hajj Terminal, the itinerary moves from Mecca to Medina and back again.
For more than one million Muslims taking part in this year’s Hajj, the journey begins on Aug. 19. Every Muslim is encouraged to undertake the Hajj at some point in their life, and this multimedia trip gives users a glimpse at its fascinating history.
This story takes the user on a captivating, multimedia tour, while explaining the history behind a journey which is more than a thousand years old. Thanks to guidance from Akbur Ghafoor, chief education officer at The Council of British Hajjis and a Google employee, the story explains each stage of the Hajj, and how certain rituals retell key moments from Islam’s history.
Learn more about the prophets Ibrahim and Muhammad and the meaning behind the ceremonies observed in mosques, on mountains, and along flat desert plains. Find out why it is customary to drink water from an age-old well, throw pebbles at three pillars, and make seven rotations around the holy square structure, the Kaaba.
We are excited to share this with the Local Guides community, particularly those who captured their Hajj journey and shared this imagery on Google Maps. These contributions enabled us to produce this visually immersive, engaging educational resource.
Take the tour on Voyager and tell us what you think in the comments below.