This photo shows a wide view of Mecca in the late 1880s. In his account, Snouck wrote, "There is no uniform style of building, and it is difficult to say anything true in general of all the houses." In the 1880s, pilgrims would stay with locals. "Mekka has no hotels, but, on the other hand, in the last months of the year every Meccan becomes an hotel-keeper."
Abd al-Ghaffar, al-Sayyid/ LOC