Medina, Saudi Arabia, December 26, 2022
I went on a hop on hop off bus tour today. I think it’s the very first one I’ve ever done! It’s a good way to get driven around a city and see the sites, at least from the open air top deck of a bus. Eight of us walked to the pick up point but there is so much construction that our maps weren’t really accurate and we had to detour and cross heavy traffic. Numerous people stopped to offer rides and say hello - it’s such a friendly country and we are such a novelty.
Apartments along the way-
Mount Uhud is 1077 m high and 7.5 km long-
It is the site of the second battle between Muslims and nonbelievers. The battle was fought on March 19, 625 between a force from the small Muslim community of Medina, led by Muhammad and soldiers, the nonbelievers, from Mecca. Muhammad lost.
The Masjid Al-Qiblatayn Mosque, aka Mosque of the Two Qiblas is believed to be where Muhammad changed the Qibla, direction of prayer, from Jerusalem to Mecca. The mosque was built in 623 and had two niches indicating the prayer directions but when it was rebuilt in 1987, only the niche to Mecca was included-