Cave of Thor

Mountain in Mecca

This small mountain (761m) is where the Prophet hid for three days with his companion Abu Bakr from the Quraysh tribe. According to Islamic custom, an acacia tree grew rapidly in front of the cave while the men were hiding here. In the tree, a dove built a nest and laid eggs and a spider spun a web over the cave’s entrance to protect the men from detection, all of which marked the cave as a sign of faith and hope.

The climb can be difficult, so a slow pace is encouraged. Ghar Thor is about 3km south of the Grand Mosque; the journey takes around 30 minutes in a taxi.