Ibn Battuta
Moroccan Explorer of the Eastern Hemisphere

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Artistic Depiction of Ibn Battuta

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Artist’s Depiction of the Pharos Lighthouse on Pharos Island Off the Coast of Alexandria, Egypt. This Depiction is Based on a Comprehensive 2006 Study. Ibn Battuta Saw the Lighthouse in 1326. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it Was Destroyed by a Series of Earthquakes

Photograph of Pompey’s Pillar in Alexandria, Egypt. Built in 297 AD, it is 26.85 Meters Tall, One of the Largest Ancient Monoliths, and One of the Largest Monolithic Columns Ever Erected. Ibn Battuta Visited the Site During His 1326 Visit to Alexandria

Jabal al-Nour, Mecca, Location of the Hira Cave, Where Muhammad is Believed to have Received the First Revelation of God through the Archangel Gabriel

Entrance to the Hira Cave

Painting of Muhammad Receiving Revelation from Gabriel in the Hira Cave. This Painting comes From the Book
Jami’ al-tawarikh by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, published in 1307 AD, Three Years After the Birth of Ibn Battuta

The Tomb of Muhammad in Medina

The Masjid al-Haram (“Grand Mosque”) in Mecca. The Ka’ba is the Cube-shaped Building in the Center

The Hajj Underway at Masjid al-Haram (“Grand Mosque”) in Mecca.

Order of
Hajj Procession in Mecca

Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary, is Located on Temple Mount. The Western Wall of Temple Mount is Also Known as the “Wailing Wall”

The Tigris River, Just Outside of Mosul, Iraq

The Marshlands (“Great Swamp”) in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin in Southern Iraq

The Grand Mosque in Basra, Iraq. Ibn Battuta Visited the Grand Mosque in January 1327.

Tomb of Hafez, the Great Persian Poet Born in Shiraz, Persia, About a Year Before Ibn Battuta’s Visit in 1327

Orhan I, the Son of Osman I. Ibn Battuta Met Orhan I During His 1331 Visit to Bursa in Anatolia (Turkey). The Followers of Osman I Were Referred to as “Ottomans” By Europeans

Painting of Ibn Battuta Kissing the Hand of Mohammed Ibn Tughliq

For An Animated Map of the Spread of the Bubonic Plague (“Black Death”) in the mid-14th Century, Click

Possible Site of Ibn Battuta’s Grave in Tangier, Morocco