Madain Saleh al Hijr

Mada'en Saleh, also known as Al Hijr, is located amid a series of interlocking mountains and rocky cliffs and surrounded by a ring of sandy mountains. Al Hijr was mentioned in the Holy Qur'an, and described as the home of the Thamud.


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circa 570 CE

A row of tombs from the al-Khuraymat group, Mada'in Saleh. Madain Saleh is considered to be the most important settlement of the Nabataeans, second only to Petra. Its most significant cultural role dates back to the first two centuries BCE and first century CE, i.e., during the flourishing Nabataean state and before its fall at the hands of the Roman Emperor in 106 CE Al Hijr continued to be a source of cultural energy and intellectual interaction probably until the 4th century CE These are said to be the tombs of Qom e Thamud, as are considered cursed by the Muslims.

circa 570 CE

Area C

circa 570 CE

Qasr al-Farid, an unfinished tomb that stands alone. The facade was never finished, so the heavily chiseled surface of the lower third documents how the tombs were fashioned from the top down.

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Major AreasArea A · Area B · Area C · al-Khuraymat · Qasr al-Farid · Qasr al-Bint · Qasr Assanea ·
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