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In the desolate, desert scene of northern Saudi Arabia, an antiquated tomb half-cut from a solitary rock rises four stories tall from the bone-dry plain. Known as Qasr al-Farid (“forlorn mansion”), the unfinished structure goes back to the first century A.D. amid the principle of the Nabateans. Found close to the preislamic site Mada’in Saleh (otherwise called Hegra) around 1,400 kilometers toward the north of capital Riyadh, Qasr al-Farid is one of 131 grand tombs cut in the zone hundreds of years prior.

Mada’in Saleh was the Nabatean kingdom’s southernmost and second biggest settlement after Petra, its capital in present-day Jordan. The antiquated city goes back to the second century B.C., when it was created as a key post on a significant exchanging course that associated the north and south of the landmass, and vital urban areas around the Mediterranean.

Qasr al-Farid is the most notable image of Mada’in Saleh. The staggering exterior, remove of a single sandstone outcrop, permits us to perceive how the Nabateans etched their structures starting from the top. In spite of the fact that the tomb was never finished, it has remained astoundingly decently safeguarded on account of the dry atmosphere. The “forlorn palace,” and additionally the encompassing landmarks, have delighted in replenished popularity after UNESCO declared Mada’in Saleh a site of patrimony—getting to be Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site—in 2008



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