Asir Province
Historical Site
Museum

Rijal Almaa - Beautiful Heritage Village

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Rijal Alma Village, Rojal Saudi Arabia
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Description

Situated in the Asir region of Saudi Arabia, Rijal Alma Village is undoubtedly one of the most historically important and beautiful villages in the Middle East. Famous for its fascinating architecture, rich history, pleasant weather, and beautiful landscape, this small village served as the regional trade center through centuries and was the natural passage that connected Yemen and Lavant to Makkah and Madinah. 

Architecture and landscape

The village consists of 60 multiple-storey ancient buildings that were built using stone, clay, and wood while the hillside has several defensive watchtowers built strategically to maximize fields of view and firing range. As beautiful as the tall stone buildings are, the real wonders lie behind the stone and clay walls. Each house is decorated and painted by skilled artisans with the most fascinating color combinations and artworks. The village is surrounded by steep hills that look over a winding road that once served as one of the most important trade routes in the Arabian Peninsula. 

Activities and Attractions

The tallest fort in the village is the Fort of Al Jaber & Al Hawat while some of the other important forts include Forts of Maejib & Hakim, Msamr, al-Dir”iyyah, and al-Sisbae, each of which has its own unique history documented and preserved by the original families. 

Rijal Alma is also home to the oldest museum in Saudi history which was established by the locals in one of the stone buildings in 1985 to preserve the village’s ancient history and heritage. The museum displays over 2800 exhibits of local history and over 500 kg of ancient local jewelry. 

Some other nearby attractions include Tanomah Waterfall, Al Sahab Park, and Al Soudah View Point.

Destination Type
Area of Natural Beauty
Historical Site
Landmark
Museum

Location

Rijal Alma Village, Rojal Saudi Arabia

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JB jr

JB jr

05/25/2024 12:44

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Really nice historical artifacts and also gorgeous views of the mountain.
John Jossifakis

John Jossifakis

05/04/2024 12:35

Google review

The architecture of Rijal Almaa is superb. The history of the area comes alive as you enter and view all the authenticity of the museum. The fresco and mural paintings of Al Qatt Al Assiri is throughout the experience but also the detailed artworks of the windows of the facades of the buildings. Worth the trip!!!
Lynn-Marie Loots

Lynn-Marie Loots

04/27/2024 16:58

Google review

Interesting history of Abha, Saudi. Museum located in Rijal Alma'a. Old buildings, visible war lookout points. Cultural experience.
scedabs

scedabs

04/15/2024 15:02

Google review

The zigzag and high cliff roads going were worth it. Just use Abha Jeddah road upon returning. It's less risky. As someone who has an engineering background, the Rijal Almaa was astonishing. I just hope the government will spend more to restore the site. There's a lot of things to do to make it better.
Dra Sara Castro

Dra Sara Castro

02/02/2024 18:00

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Amazing and wonderful place to visit near the big city Abha The museum is so good , bar excellent only missing a turístico guie to explain the history
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