MeccaAn Ottoman-era portico in Mecca’s Grand Mosque has become the latest battleground in a conflict between those who want to preserve the city’s architectural heritage and Saudi authorities pushing for redevelopment. The 17th century portico – one of the oldest parts of the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest – is being removed by Mecca authorities as part of an expansion project to create more space for soaring numbers of pilgrims.

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