Kaaba Minbar – Mecca

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Side perspective view-1

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Side perspective view-2

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Side view

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Back floral panel

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Side pierced panel at platform-1

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Side pierced panel at platform-2

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Detail or relief carving with turquoise stone

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Detail of pierced carving

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Triangular side panel - AutoCAD drawing

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Rectangular side panel - AutoCAD drawing

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Square panel at platform - AutoCAD drawing

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Rhombic panel along stairway - AutoCAD drawing

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Small rectangular panel at doorway - AutoCAD drawing

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaa’ba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

1:10 model of preliminary design

 Kaaba Minbar: Masjid Al-Haram, Kaa’ba Courtyard, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

The ornamental design for the Kaaba minbar was produced by Jay Bonner in the same pan-Islamic style that he originally developed for the Sliding Domes at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. This white marble for this minbar is from Macedonia, and was hand carved by the finest Muslim stone workers in Ajmer, India. The floral panels are of two types: high relief, and pierced. The high relief panels include inlaid Persian turquoise stones set in gold plated bezels. The floral elements in the pierced panels are designed so that they have optimum contact with one another; thus providing greater structural integrity to each pierced panel. The Kaaba minbar is mechanized so that it can be easily removed from the Kaaba courtyard during the Hajj; thereby avoiding potential accidents among the throng of circumambulating pilgrims.

Completed in 2002.