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.

Location

Rijal Alma Village, Rojal Saudi Arabia

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Onrad Matarutse

Onrad Matarutse

10/22/2022 16:54

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The village buildings were beautiful. The drive there was tricky, long and winding road with sharp turns. The museum was small but full of history. No English translation so google translate was handy.
Risana k rahoof

Risana k rahoof

08/30/2022 16:42

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Must visit.Ticket rates are 40 riyal perhead . For The road to there will take u to heaven. That scenic drive. I think the museum is better to see from outside than Inside. Can take some nice pictures from outside. Other than that inside there is nothing much . U can walk around the area a bit and then go and see the museum setup inside. It's just few rooms. Nothing much. THE WHOLE MUSEUM IS JUST SPECTACULAR TO WATCH FROM OUTSIDE. THE PHOTOS WILL LOOK AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL.There is no good toilets or anything there.
Yongjun Li

Yongjun Li

04/13/2022 19:23

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It didn't let me down. The construction is special with stone decoration. The was no crowd the day I visited, so I had a wonderful day there. It was only half opened to the public and another half is still under renovation. There was a “شلال" sign but I didn't see any waterfall, probably it’s just a name? Btw, the scenery along the road is very beautiful.
Cynthia Shetty

Cynthia Shetty

04/01/2022 10:10

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Magical and breathtaking. Seeing a 900 years old building in person is a beautiful experience. The locals are so helpful and guided us because we missed the road. You need a strong car and an expert driver.
Lyndsey

Lyndsey

01/20/2022 10:29

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The houses in the heritage village have interesting features, colours and decorations. Some are restored, at least the exteriors, others in a dilapidated state. There is a small museum, coffee shop and mini market on site. An application has been made for World Heritage Site status for the houses.
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