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Hajj exhibit opens in Paris, displays Kabaa’s Kiswa

The show aims to broaden the visitors’ knowledge about the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam

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An exhibit showcasing more than 200 historical pieces reflecting the history of the Hajj has opened this week in Paris.

The show, which will run for three months, aims to broaden the visitors’ knowledge about Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam.

It is organized by the King Abdulaziz Public Library and the Arab World Institute in Paris.

French President Francois Hollande opened the show on Tuesday and toured the gallery that showcased 230 rare artifacts, including 53 from Saudi Arabia.

Hollande said the exhibition is the first of its kind in France, adding that it displays rare historical pieces and manuscripts, in addition to the routes pilgrims took to Mecca from various parts of the world.

A piece of Kiswah, the embroidered black cloth covering the Kabaa’s door is also on display.

The first Hajj exhibition was held in London two years ago.

(Additional reporting from the Saudi Gazette)