Madinah Province
Historical Site

Discover Jabal Ithlib - Archeological Site - Al Ula

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Description

Located to the east of Al Ula, in the heart of Hegra, an archaeological site in Hejaz, Jabal Ithlib is a glorious, natural mountain and a cultural site. Historically, it was a place of worship for Nabateans who were ancient Arabian nomads from the Negev Desert.

Main attractions

The biggest attraction of Jabal Ithlib is the ‘Diwan’ which is a large room carved into the rocks of the mountain that looks like a dining area or a triclinium. It is historically believed to have been an important room for gatherings such as royal banquets and political meetings and also has an open front, which was probably designed for outside or public observers. Apart from that, the cultural roots and mind-blowing landscape of the mountains is what attracts tourists from all over the world.

The mountain can be accessed from a passage through the Siq canal which lies to the left of Diwan. Past this canal is the central area of the mountain that has many carvings and inscriptions that may have had something to do with ancient religious practices. There is also a water channel that flows through the center of the mountain range and leads into a natural water basin and eventually  into a cistern. It is another site from which we can learn the lessons of the past.

Location

Jabal Ithlib, Hegra Saudi Arabia

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BLANCHE Torres

BLANCHE Torres

07/28/2022 12:50

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The place is so wonderful! No entrance fee as for the moment. We were able to have both daylight and night view. But in the morning we were not allowed to enter the premises unless if it’s already 4pm. They have seats and coffee shops in the area. They should have the place open to public at any time though.
Genesis Bauya

Genesis Bauya

07/27/2022 10:34

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Since I got here in Saudi I’ve always wanted to visit the famous Elephant Rock. It was indeed a wonderful creation. Best time to visit is during sunset. No ticket, free parking bring your drinking water. Take memories Take only memories, leave only footprints 💯
Moa Lingga

Moa Lingga

06/14/2022 18:34

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Open till midnight, basically a space where you can hang out and order snacks and drinks and enjoy the beautiful famous elephant mountain
Mahboob Ahsan

Mahboob Ahsan

06/07/2022 04:07

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A romantic place to spend time. The road is sandy, our car stuck up in sand. Food is also expensive. Better to go between 4 to 7 before dark.
Jed Llenado

Jed Llenado

05/28/2022 02:56

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Love it! One of the best places I’ve been in Saudi Arabia where you can take great photos. The rock is stunning. 🪨🐘
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