Catch a glimpse of how it was like to perform Hajj in 1953. Though this was only just over 60 years ago, a lot has changed mainly due to the increase in the number of pilgrims going to perform Hajj.
Many pilgrims would travel to Makkah via a ferry or a ship, in those days commercial air travel was still in its early stages and it was not as widely available as it is today.
For those who could afford it, they would embark on their journey on board small planes from nearby countries.
A busy street in Makkah. An Ottoman style minaret can be seen.
Worshippers outside the Mosque’s entrance.
A close up view of the Ka’ba.
Markets and stalls near the Masjid Al Haram
Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.
Pilgrims pray near their camels.
Tents can be seen pitched in Arafah next to mount Arafah.
The Jamarat used to be small pillars which would be stoned symbolising stoning of the devil.
Photos courtesy of the National Geographic Magazine