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The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh, Monuments, Saudi Arabia
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh

These tombs are built into the rock and look ochre-coloured in the sun.

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The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh Saudi Arabia
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh

In the desert, between Jordan and Iraq, the ancient Nabataean city of Madahine-Saleh is the most interesting archaeological site in the country. In the Hellenistic era, a tribe of Arab nomads, originally from Northern Arabia, traded incense and spices from what is now the Yemen, to take them to the Mediterranean. They dug magnificent monumental facades for their tombs out of the rock in Petra, their capital in Jordan, and on the site of Madahine-Saleh. The Nabataean site is, however, less spectacular than that of Petra, but the tombs, constructed between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD, are better preserved. The visit necessitates a vehicle, as the distances between remains are considerable. You should not miss Qasr Farid, the most important tomb, and the Diwan, the meeting room.

The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh

, The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh, Monuments, Saudi Arabia
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh Amelie Koch / 123RF
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh, Monuments, Saudi Arabia
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh Amelie Koch / 123RF
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh, Monuments, Saudi Arabia
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh Giuseppe Masci / 123RF
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh, Monuments, Saudi Arabia
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh Amelie Koch / 123RF
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh, Monuments, Saudi Arabia
The Nabatean tombs of Madahine-Saleh Giuseppe Masci / 123RF
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