Muslims touch and pray at the door of the Kaaba in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
CAIRO - 8 August 2019: In 1944, founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz bin Abdel Rahman Al-Saud commanded manufacturing a new door for the Holy Kaaba at his own expense instead of the one that used to exist since 1635.
The door was manufactured over three years. It has a steel base covered with Javanese wood. The final layer is gold-coated silver decorated with brass ribbons and butterflies. However, the lock used dated back to 1891.
The old door of the Holy Kaaba - Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques Architecture in Mecca
The door was installed on October 31, 1947 and replaced on October 13, 1979 with a gold one that still exists to date. The door, introduced by late King Khalid bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, is considered one of the world’s largest gold masses as it contains 280 kilograms of pure gold.
Simultaneously, a door was created inside the Holy Kaaba leading to its roof, and is called the “Repentance Door.” The Holy Kaaba door installed in time of King Abdul Aziz can be seen at the Exhibition of the Two Holy Mosques Architecture in Mecca.