Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)

Brief description

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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