It’s hard to look at these images from the Hajj pilgrimage of the year 1953 and not wonder “Wow! what a huge difference compared to today”. A lot has changed in just about 60 years: the number of pilgrims has skyrocketed to over 2.35 Million, the haram’s size has increased to 12.5 million square feet.
1- Many pilgrims would travel to Makkah by ship. Commercial air travel was still in its early stages and it was not as widely available as it is today.
2- Arriving by plane to hajj for the few who could afford it back then
3- Buses were used by hajjis for transportation around Mecca
4- Homes and hotels outside of the haram’s perimeter
5- Streets of Mecca were busy even back then
6- One of the many doors to enter the Haram.
7- Worshippers praying outside the Haram.
8- View of the Kaaba.
9- A close shot of the Kaaba.
10- People used to visit the inside of the Kaaba. This is not allowed anymore because of the huge number of pilgrims nowadays.
11- Performing Tawaf was easier as it was not as crowded as it is today.
12- Markets and stalls near the Haram
14- Horse and carriage were used as a means of transport.
15- Selecting Udhiyyah/Qurbani.
16- Pilgrims would keep their livestock with them during their Hajj.
17- Cooking in Mina using fire and stove.
18- Pilgrims pray near their camels.
19- Tents can be seen pitched in Arafat at the foot of mount Arafat.
20- The Jamarat used to be small pillars which would be stoned symbolising stoning of the devil.