Madinah welcomes millions of pilgrims yearly, most visit the Prophet’s Mosque, Quba mosque and maybe even Mount Uhud during their stay but they end up missing out on some amazing tourist sites that the city has to offer. Here are 5 of them.
P.S. Most of the sites mentioned on our list don’t even charge entry fees.
1. Hejaz Railway Museum
The legendary Hejaz Railway once ran from Damascus all the way till Madinah. This railway station was the last stop on the iconic railway line. Once used by thousand at its peak, the railway station has been converted into a museum and thrown open to tourists. A few interesting artifacts can be found here including rare manuscripts and age-old war weapons.
2. Dar Al Madinah
Housing one of the best private collections in the country the Dar Al Madinah is a site that has remained off the tourist grid for long. It is located a bit further away from the Prophet’s mosque but it is worth the journey. Here, one will get an idea of the glorious history of Madinah and the important role the city played in the early years of Islam.
3. Wadi Jinn (Wadi Al Baidha)
The magnetic hill is hugely popular on social media. Videos of the place have garnered millions of views on YoutTube for a seemingly gravity-defying stretch of road in the valley. Visitors to this place can be seen pouring water on a spot where the water is said to move against the natural descent of the slope. Plus, there is a body of water nearby that looks mesmerizing during sunsets.
4. The Holy Quran Exhibition
The Prophet’s mosque in Madinah is surrounded by multiple exhibitions and one of the most fascinating ones is the Holy Quran Exhibition. A crowd favorite inside is an ancient Afghani manuscript of the Quran. This manuscript weighs over 154 kg and is said to be one of the largest handwritten copies of the Quran.
5. Quba Fort
Located a stone’s throw away from Masjid Quba, this ottoman era fort is reminiscent of a bygone time. It has recently has been restored and is largely believed to have been used a military garrison in its heydays. It is, however, not open to tourists yet.