Trek Across Distant Lands In Journey To Mecca At IMAX

July 2, 2009

Cross through time and thousands of miles of perilous desert in Journey to Mecca, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Wortham IMAX Theatre. Journey alongside Ibn Battuta, the famed Muslim traveler who ventured three times farther than Marco Polo, on an expedition made almost 700 years ago: his pilgrimage to Mecca. Venture into the most sacred sanctuary of Islam, the Grand Mosque – on the IMAX screen.journey-to-mecca

 

Journey to Mecca tells the story of Ibn Battuta, a young scholar who leaves Tangier in 1325 on an epic and dangerous journey, traveling alone from his home in Morocco to reach Mecca, some 3,000 miles across the North African desert. Battuta would not return home for almost 30 years, visiting more than 40 countries, returning to Mecca five times to perform the Hajj and creating one of the greatest travel journals ever recorded.

 

The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca that now draws three million Muslims from around the world annually, who come to practice rituals that have taken place for more than 1,400 years. In Journey to Mecca, experience the Hajj as Ibn Battuta did more than 700 years ago, as well as the Hajj as it is still performed today.

 

In conjunction with the film, the Islamic Dawah Center of Houston presents Sultans of Science. This traveling exhibition examines Muslim scholars’ contributions to science and technology, from the explorers of the Middle Ages to Muslim engineers, astronomers and much more.

 

Tickets for Journey to Mecca in the Wortham IMAX Theater are $11 for adults; $9 for children (3-11), seniors (62+) and students with a valid college ID; and $8 for groups of 20 or more. For tickets, visit www.hmns.org or call 713-639-4629.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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