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Medina is one of Islam’s two holiest cities, making it a key destination for millions of pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah

Medina is one of Islam’s two holiest cities, making it a key destination for millions of pilgrims traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj or Umrah. The city is centered around Al Masjid an Nabawi, also known as the Prophet’s Mosque, which was constructed by the Prophet himself and is also where he is buried. Medina is where the Prophet Muhammad lived and taught after the migration from Makkah

in 622 A.D., called Hijrah. This year is so important in the history of Islam that it marks the start of the Islamic calendar. Although the city’s name is usually written as Medina in English, its full name is Al Medina Al Munawwarah, meaning “the Enlightened City.” Because of the city’s pivotal role in the Prophet Muhammad’s life, making a trip to Medina is a lifelong dream for many Muslims. 

Places of Interest in Madina

There are so many historical and Ziyarat places to visit in Madina that an Umrah pilgrim or a tourist needs many days to explore them.

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Masjid al Nabawi

It goes without saying that Masjid al Nabawi is the most sacred historical place to visit in Madina. The Masjid was built by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and it is also called the Prophet’s mosque.

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Jannat ul Baqi

Jannat ul Baqi is the graveyard where more than 10,000 Sahaba are buried and therefore, it is a must-visit Ziyarat place in Madina.

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  • Jannat ul Baqi opening timings: After Fajr and Asr.
  • Jannat ul Baqi Location.

Masjid Ghamama

Once Prophet Muhammad ﷺ offered Salat ul Istisqa (prayer for rain), the clouds came immediately and it started raining. We have Masjid Ghamama built at the same place in 86 A.H which is an important ziyarat place to visit in Madina.

  • Masjid Ghamama Location.

Uhud Mountain

The battle of Uhud took place at the Uhud mountain. The pilgrims coming from around the world love to visit the places Uhud mountain and the related cemetery where around 70 Sahaba رضي الله عنهم are buried.

  • Uhud Mountain Location.

Masjid Quba

Masjid-e-Quba is the first mosque of Islam and therefore a great ziyarat place to visit in Madina.

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said: Whoever performs wudu in his house, then comes to Masjid Quba and offers one prayer therein, will have a reward like that for ‘Umrah.” – Sunan Ibn Majah 1412

  • Masjid Quba Location.

Masjid Al Dirar

Masjid al Dirar has significant importance in Islamic history as Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself ordered to burn it to ashes.You can visit this ziyarat place in Madina along with Masjid Quba.

No remains of the mosque are visible today so you cannot figure out the exact location of the mosque. However, it is a proven fact that it was situated near Masjid al Quba in Madina.

  • Location:

Ethq Well بئر عذق

Ethq Well is the place where Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه sat for a while and drank water when he visited Madina for the first time after Hijrah.

  • Ethq Well Location.
  • Ethq Well Entry Ticket: SR 10/person.

Masjid Musabbih

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ offered Fajr prayer at this place when he visited Madina for the first time after Hijrah. It is very near to Ethq well so one should visit both places together.

  • Masjid Musabbih Location.

Masjid Qiblatain

Masjid-e-Qiblatain means a mosque with two qiblas. Muslim used to offer Salah facing Masjid al Aqsa which was later changed to Masjid al Haram.

When a Sahabi reached the Masjid with an order to change the Qibla direction, the Imam was leading the prayer who immediately changed his direction. Masjid Qiblatain is a beautiful ziyarat place to visit in Madina.

  • Masjid Qiblatain Location.

The Seven Mosques

There are 7 mosques built at the place where the battle of Khandaq took place in Madina and therefore, every tourist should visit this ziyarat. Actually, these were the places where Sahaba used to offer prayers while digging the trench.

  • Al-Fath Mosque.
  • Salman Al-Farisi Mosque.
  • Salman Al-Farisi Mosque.
  • Umar ibn Al-Khattab Mosque.
  • Ali ibn Abi Talib Mosque.
  • Fatimah Al-Zahra Mosque.
  • The 7 Mosques Location.

Dar Al-Madinah Museum

I would encourage you to visit the historical Dar Al Madina Museum in Madina as you can see models of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ house, a model of first masjid-al-Nabawi and pictorial depiction of many battles of Islam and much more at this place.

  • Dar al madinah museum entry fees: SR 25/person.
  • Dar al madinah museum Timing: 12 pm to 8 pm.
  • Dar al madinah museum Location.

Wadi e Jinn

Wadi e Jinn is neither a historical place nor ziyarat but tourists coming to Madina love to visit it. It is famous because you will find cars driving at a speed of 90 km/hr without pressing accelerators here.

  • Wadi e Jinn Location.
  • The Best Time to go: Day Time.

Uthman bin Affan well

Uthman bin Affan رضي الله عنه bought this well for 38,000 dirhams and therefore, pilgrims love to to visit this historical place in Madina. The well is still under the ownership of Uthman bin Affan رضي الله عنه.

  • Details about Uthman bin Affan well.
  • Uthman bin Affan well location.

Hejaz Railway Museum

Hejaz Railway Museum built at the place of Madina railway station has many worth visiting historical artifacts extending from the time of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ until the ottoman empire.

  • Hejaz Railway Museum Location.
  • Hejaz Railway Museum Entry Fee: Free.
  • Hejaz Railway Museum Timing: 8 am to 10 pm.

Fort Kaab bin Ashraf

Ka’b bin Ashraf was a wealthy Jewish poet and he traveled to Makkah to instigate hate against Muslims. Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was emotionally so hurt that he asked Sahabas to kill Ka’b bin Ashraf. They killed him in his own fort.

There are some remains of fort Kaab bin Ashrat in Madina which is an important historical ziyarat place to visit.

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  • Fort Kaab bin Ashraf Location.

Beer e Shifa

Beer e Shifa well located around 100 km from Madina used to be famous for its bitter, poisonous, and unhealthy water. When Prophet Muhammad ﷺ came to know this, he spat in the well and since then its water is sweet.

This is the reason pilgrims travel a long distance to visit Beer e Shifa, a definite ziyarat place in Madina.

  • 4 facts about Beer-e-Shifa in Madina.
  • Beer Shifa Location.

Masjid Bani Haram

Masjid Bani Haram is built at the place in Madina where Muslims had set up their camps while preparing for the battle of the Trench and therefore it is a Ziyarat place to visit.

It is the same place where a small sheep was slaughtered by a Sahabi and it satisfied the hunger of thousands of Sahabas.

  • Masjid Bani Haram Location.

Castle of Urwah bin Zubair

Urwah bin Zubair castle is located on the banks of Wadi al-Aqiq in the west of Madina, along the road leading to Masjid Dhul Hulifa, and away from the Prophet’s Mosque about 3.5 km.

The castle is still the property of Urwah bin Zubair رضي الله عنه who was the son of Asma bin Abu Bakr رضي الله عنه and therefore, it is a historical place to visit in Madina.

  • Urwah bin Zubair Castle Location.

Salman Al Farsi Garden

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself planted date trees in this garden and the property is still owned by Salman Farsi رضي الله عنه which is why pilgrims love visiting this ziyarat place in Madina.

There are still around 100 palm trees in the garden. Moreover, you can also buy different kinds of dates from here.

  • Salman Farsi Garden Location.

Ghars Well

Prophet Muhammad ﷺ drank water from Ghars well numerous times and made a request that he be bathed with its water after his demise. Considering its historical importance, pilgrims love to visit this place in Madina at least once in their life.

  • Ghars Well Location.

Khyber Fort

Around 175 kilometers from Madina, lies another ziyarat place with the name Khyber Fort, where the battle of Khyber was fought in the 7th Hijri (628 A.D). There is a great story of conquering the Khyber fort.

Muslims had surrounded the Khyber Fort but were unable to conquer it. Finally, Prophet Muhammad ﷺ gave the charge to Ali رضي الله عنه. He killed 3 of the jews’ best warriors in one-to-one challenge combat and uprooted the gate of the fort.

  • Khyber Fort Location.

Umm Jirsan Cave

Umm Jirsan cave is about 1,500 meters long, 45 meters wide, with a maximum height of 12 meters, making it Saudi Arabia’s longest lava tube system.

Umm Jirsan is cold in summer and warm in winter and therefore, adventurist people love to visit this place in the Madina region. You can visit Umm Jirsan on your way to Khyber. A 4×4 Car is required.

  • Umm Jirsan Cave Location.

Badr Battleground

Battle of Badr, the first battle of Islam in which Prophet Muhammad ﷺ participated was fought 150 kilometers away from Madina in 2nd Hijri (624 A.D.)

In this battle, 313 Sahaba fought against 1,000 infidels of Makkah and still emerged victorious. There is a graveyard of 14 Sahaba who were martyred in the battle of Badr.

  • Badr Battleground Location.

Harrat Rahat

June 06, 1256: A strong earthquake jolted Madina. The lava flowed from Harrat Rahat for 23 kilometers and endangered Madinah. People started praying and just 4 km away from the city it was miraculously stopped.


City Sightseeing

No matter if you are in Madina as a tourist or pilgrim, you should take a trip on the city sightseeing bus. You can visit some of the ziyarat and historical places around Madina on the city sightseeing bus.

  • City Sightseeing Bus Location.
  • City Sightseeing Bus Price: SR 80/adult and SR 40/child (below 4).

Birds Park

While entering, get grains for birds at the door to feed them, the tiny beautiful birds will sit on your hands and eat the grain.

Artificial rain is also generated through sprinklers so better grab an umbrella if you don’t want to get wet.

  • Birds Park Location.
  • Ticket: SR 25/person.

Dino Park

Dino Park in Madina is a tourist place to visit in Madina with many gigantic sculptures of dinosaurs, a big park and everything else which your children love.

  • Dino Park Location.
  • Dino Park Entry Ticket: SR 25/adult and SR 10/child.
  • Dino Park Timing: 6:30 pm to 1:30 am.