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Tomb of Lihyan son of Kuza - Al Ula

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Tomb of Lihyan son of Kuza مقبرة لحيان بن كوز, Unamed Road، Hegra Saudi Arabia
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Description

Tomb of Lihyan, son of Kuza, also known as Qasr Al Farid or “The Lonely Castle”, is a well-known and iconic tomb in Mada’in Salih, Hegra in Saudi Arabia. The structure is said to have been erected in the 1st century CE and is unmatched when it comes to ancient design and architecture. Moreover It was also the first Saudi site to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Architecture

Despite its famous description as a ‘lonely castle’, the site is not at all a castle, rather it is designed entirely as a tomb. From the carvings and inscriptions inside the tomb you can tell a lot about the Nabataean culture.

The tomb is chiseled out of the rock from the top down which is an old Nabatean architectural technique and a major part of the Nabatean roots. A visit to this site offers great insight into the culture and religion of these ancient Arabic nomads. It offers a lesson that we can learn from the history of previous perished nations.

Even though the architecture of this tomb is unrivaled, it appears that the entire structure was never completed. Towards the base of the tomb, the craftsmanship is not as precise, which can be observed rather clearly. Still It is one of the most iconic places in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and a place to reflect on the history and lessons we can learn from the past.

Location

Tomb of Lihyan son of Kuza مقبرة لحيان بن كوز, Unamed Road، Hegra Saudi Arabia

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Islam Lafi

Islam Lafi

07/26/2022 16:19

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Brilliant experience. Thank you RCU for a memorable experience.
Moa Lingga

Moa Lingga

06/14/2022 18:32

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I couldn’t believe that I was actually there, in such place you need to leave everything behind and focus on what’s in front of you. Such glory and beauty and ancient history is felt and seen around the area.
Jith Mattappallil

Jith Mattappallil

06/12/2022 02:35

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A place with lots of history. It's a place to visit. The staffs explains the history of the place perfectly and they are very friendly.
Seyyid Palta

Seyyid Palta

04/23/2022 07:53

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Tickets might be expensive but still it is definitely worth it. Go there since this is once in a lifetime experience. I also met so many cool people there from different countries.
Salvador Carranza

Salvador Carranza

04/09/2022 22:13

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Breathtaking. We had a great time visiting Hegra. Staff at the site were extremely helpful. We did the visit using electric bicycles and we had a great time. Highly recommended.
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