National Geographic : 1934 Jun
00 Photograph from G.T.Krajewski REALIZING A LIFELONG AMBITION, PILGRIM HORDES FROM EVERY MOSLEM LAND MASS ABOUT THE SACRED KAABA AT MECCA They have come to kiss the sacred "Black Stone," an aerolite built at a convenient height into one corner of thecubical building, and toperform other religious rites. In this vast court within the Great Mosque, thousands of the faithful are gathered for noonday prayers on a Friday, theMoslem Sabbath. The Kaaba, covered each year with a black cloth and often rebuilt, originally sheltered pagan idols, of which it was purged by Mohammed. Few unbelievers have ever reached this goal of the Hadj.