Mecca is known as the birthplace of Muhammad and the site of Muhammad's first revelation of the Quran, leading to it becoming a place of pilgrimage for millions of Muslims each year. In order to accommodate the huge influx of pilgrims, extensive development has resulted in the destruction of historic architecture, a problem that continues to grow with new development underway.
Making way for pilgrims: the destruction of Mecca
By The Economist
March 2, 2017