Gates of the Sacred Mosque of Mecca
The sacred Mosque has many doors, some have changed names along history, others stayed as were. The total number of doors is 25 doors, eight at the north, seven at the south, five at the east, and five at the west.
The Eastern Side:
Al Salam Gate:
This gate is known as the “Bani Sheeba” gate, and it is the door from which pilgrims enter to perform the Arrival Tawaf. It was renewed by Sultan Soleiman Khan in 931AH. Also known as Kaitbay and Al Nabi Gate7, since the Prophet used to enter and leave through it to his wife’s place Khadeeja. The place was known as “Mawlid Fatima Al Zahraa”. This gate also have several Other names “Al Jana’ez Gate”, “Al Hareereyeen Gate” because silk was sold near it.
Sultan Kaitbay Gate:
This gate leads from the sacred Mosque to Al Masaa Street.
Al Abbas Bin Abed Al Mottaleb Gate:
This gate was named so because it was facing Al Abbas Bin Abed Al Mottaleb place with the Masaa known by his name till now, also know by “Al Jana’ez Gate”.
Ali Bin Abi Taleb Gate:
This gate is know also by “Bani Hashem Gate”, and “Al Bat’haa Gate”.
The Southern Side:
This gate is located at the furthest point in the southern side, and was knows by this name because it is near to Bazan spring. It was also known by “Bani Sefyan Gate:, “Al Safa Gate”, “Ajyad Al Sagheer Gate”, “Al Mojahideya Gate”, and “Al Hameediya Gate” in reference to Sultan Abed Al Hameed. Its old names are, “Oum Hani Bint Abi Taleb Gate”, “Bani Tameem Gate”, and known also as “Al Tikya Gate” because it face the Egyptian Al Tikya, and known also by “Aajlan Gate”.
Al Safa Gate:
This gate is known so because it follows Al safa, known also as “Bani Makhzoum Gate” because they used to live at that side.
Ajyad Al Sagheer Gate:
This gate is known also by “Al Khalafeyeen Gate”.
Al Mojahideya Gate:
This gate is also known as “Al Rahma Gate”, now known as “Ajyad Gate” because it is located facing Ajyad Street.
Ijlan School Gate:
This gate is also known by “Bani Teem Gate”.
The Western Side:
Al Hazoura Gate:
It is a name of a market in Al Jahileya; it was located at this place then entered into the Mosques’ area, and have other names as, “Al Baqaliya”, “Al Wadaa”, because people leave through it when traveling, and it has a foundation text on it carrying the name of Sultan Al Nasser Faraj Bin Barqouq dating back to 804 AH, also known as “Umrah Gate” because pilgrims performing Umrah enter and leave through it.
In reference to a man named “Ibrahim Al Khayat”, who used to perform his work at this gate.
Al Shareef Ghaleb School Gate
Al Dawoudiya School Gate
Al Umrah Gate: It is named so because pilgrims performing Umrah used to enter and leave through this door.
The Northern Side:
Al Sadda Gate: called “Al Ateeq Gate” because it is near Ibin Ateeq.
Al Zamamiya Gate
Al Bassitiya Gate: known also as “Al Aajala Gate”.
Al Qotbi Gate: was called so because Qotob Al Deen Al Hanafi School was located near it, and was known by “Ziyadat Dar Al Nadwa Gate”.
Al Mahkama Gate: called so because it is a passage to The Religious Court.
Al Sulaimaniya Gate: reference to Sultan Sulaiman Khan.
Al Dareeba Gate
These are some of the gates facing the public streets from the four sides. Some well known main gates are located in the other sides: King Abed Al Azeez Gate, located at the southeastern side.
It is known that the gates of the sacred Mosque have undergone a group of renovation and development, and some new gates were added till the number of gates reached 112 gates. They were made of the finest types of wood, coated with polished metal with copper decorations, so it seemed like a great piece of art work.