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The Kaaba within the Great Mosque in Mecca
During the hajj, pilgrims first go to the Great Mosque in Mecca, built around the Ka’aba. The Ka’aba, with the black stone embedded in its side, is the building in the center of the mosque which Abraham and his son Ishmael are said to have built after the interrupted sacrifice of Ismail (Ishmael) by his father. Here, pilgrims circumnabulate the Ka’aba seven times counterclockwise. Al-Jazeera English, CC Attribution.