Journey Through Mecca and Medina In 360 VR Video

Mecca or “Makkah” is regarded the holiest city in the religion of Islam. It is also the birthplace of Muhammad and the site of Muhammad’s first revelation of the Quran, and a pilgrimage known as the Hajj which is an obligatory for all capable Muslims. Mecca is the home to the Kaaba, as well as being the direction of Muslim prayer.



Medina is the second holiest city in the Islamic region after Mecca. Medina was Muhammad’s destination after his Hijrah from Mecca and became the capital of the Muslim Empire. Medina is home to the 3 oldest mosques (Quba Mosque, al-Masjid an-Nabawi, and Masjid al-Qiblatayn.




Muslims are under the believe that the final sourish of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad in Medina. Similar to Mecca, the national government actually ban you to entered the sacred core of Medina if the visitor is not a Muslim.


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In this astonishing New York Times 360 degree VR video, we are able to witness the 21st-century pilgrimage as if we were there at two of the holiest places in the Islamic religion.



In this photo shot by photographer Luca Locatelli who traveled from Italy, appears as if it was a drone footage shot in the sky. However, it reality he was standing on the tallest point of the Royal Mecca Clock Tower.


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The best view in town from the Grand Mosque looking out from the Grand Royal Suite at the Fairmont Makkah Clock Royal Tower can cost you up to $10,000USD per night. A standard room can cost anywhere between 1,500~2,700 USD a night.


Simple Guide on How To Watch and Interact W/ YouTube 360 Degree Video

From computer

YouTube supports playback of 360 videos from the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera browsers. Safari is not supported.

From mobile and tablets

To watch and interact with YouTube 360 videos, be sure to you have updated your device with the latest version of the app. For viewing YouTube videos, you will want to copy the video title name below:

Pilgrimage: A 21st Century Journey Through Mecca and Medina | 360 VR Video | The New York Times


Then open the YouTube app, and paste into the search box.

For an immersive experience, you can watch 360 degree videos with Cardboard via the YouTube app. Once the 360 video is launched, simply click the Cardboard icon on the lower right corner and insert phone into the Cardboard.


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