Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilisation of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features 111 well-preserved monumental tombs, 94 of which are decorated, dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. The site also features some 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabataean period and some cave drawings. Al-Hijr bears a unique testimony to Nabataean civilization. Together with its and water wells, the site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.
Unesco WHS list ref: 1293
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