Exhibition - Mecca - Tropenmuseum
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12 January 2020

Longing for Mecca

FINISHED - Longing for Mecca

Through special objects and personal stories of Dutch pilgrims, this exhibition takes you on a pilgrimage to Mecca.

Longing for Mecca offers a unique insight into the Hajj, Islam’s most important pilgrimage. Millions of people travel to Mecca each year, including thousands of Dutch. It is one of the world’s biggest religious, spiritual and cultural phenomena. What attracts these pilgrims? What impressions and experiences move them on the road?
For centuries, the pilgrimage to Mecca inspires many artists and rulers to create spectacular works of art. In the exhibition we have brought together more than 300 appealing pieces from important collections of Islamic art. The curated pieces span a wide range: from the 10th century to the present day, and from China and Indonesia to Turkey and Morocco.

The exhibition Longing for Mecca can be seen until 12 January 2020.


Logo's op rij
With a major contribution from the Khalili Collections
Ahmed Mater, Magnetism II

Source of inspiration

De Edele Mahmal, prent, begin 20ste eeuw

The pilgrimage

Nederlandse pelgrim Ferukh Ahmed met souvenir

The home-coming

bedevaart verhaal

Share your pilgrimage story with us

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Dutch educational program


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