Arrival in Medina, panoramic view with the Great Mosque in Medina.
In the left, an old cemetery (some of the Prophet's relatives are buried there, and the cemetery is still in use), in the center thee Mosque, and in far right, some hotels. I'll come back with detailed pictures with each of them.
In the picture you can see a storm, we never knew whether it was going to be a sandstorm or a normal storm. Normal storms there are just like ours, but only having smaller waterdrops
And in about 10 minutes after the rain, there is absolutely no clue that a few minutes before it was raining.
Strangely enough,some people there were carrying umbrellas not to defend themselves from the water or sand, but from the sun. It was strange to see people using umbrellas when the sun was high up. I burst into laughter when I saw that nobody used their umbrellas when the rain began, and later found out why
It was useless, the wet clothes would dry in a few minutes. The same applies for wet hair. Take a shower and go outside, and in a few minutes it will be dry.
The Mosque in Medina is one of the biggest in the Muslim world, having more than 40 hectares. I don't know whether it is the constructed area or the surface summarizes the courtyard and the building itself. It was founded in 622, when the Prophet was forced to move from his town, Mekka, to the more relaxed, trustworthy people of the so-called Yathrib[ the name of Medina at that time].
During later periods, the Mosque was further and further extended.