An aerial photograph made available on 24 August, 2011 shows the grand mosque in the holy city of Mecca during the last ten days of Ramadan, Saudi Arabia, 21 August 2011. EPA/SUZAN ESKANDAR
Construction plans to expand the Al-Haram mosque in the holy city of Mecca are underway. The project began in 2011 and will outfit the mosque with air conditioning, electricity, and a new raised walkway around the Kaaba, or the stone structure that Muslims face during prayer.
To make way for the new renovations, parts of the existing space, which include Ottoman-era construction, are being bulldozed over.