South America - A General History And Collection Of Voyages And Travels - Volume 7 - By Robert Kerr
 -  Medina contains about three hundred houses of stone or brick, and
is well peopled, being surrounded by bulwarks of earth - Page 90
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Medina Contains About Three Hundred Houses Of Stone Or Brick, And Is Well Peopled, Being Surrounded By Bulwarks Of Earth.

The soil is utterly barren, except at about two miles from the city there are about fifty palm trees which bear dates.

At that place, beside a garden, there is a water-course which runs into a lower plain, where the pilgrims are accustomed to water their camels. I had here an opportunity to refute the vulgar opinion that the tomb or coffin of the _wicked_ Mahomet is at Mecca, and hangs in the air without support. For I tarried here three days and saw with my own eyes the place where Mahomet was buried, which is here at Medina, and not at Mecca. On presenting ourselves to enter the _Meschita_ or mosque, which name they give to all their churches or temples, we could not be allowed to enter unless along with a companion[39] little or great, who takes us by the hand and leads us to the place where they say that Mahomet is buried. His temple is vaulted, being about 100 paces long by 80 in breadth, and is entered by two gates. It consists of three parallel vaults, which are supported by four hundred pillars of white bricks, and within are suspended about three thousand lamps. In the inner part of this mosque or temple is a kind of tower five paces in circuit, vaulted on every side, and covered with a large cloth of silk, which is borne up by a grate of copper curiously wrought, and at the distance of two paces on every side from the tower, so that this tower or tomb is only seen as through a lattice by the devout pilgrims.

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