If you love human rights, Saudi Arabia is not the first on your list. Especially if you’re a woman, which everybody understand, as this country doesn’t respect basic human rights and women’s rights. You can travel in this country, whatever your sex, but you have to respect some drastic conditions. That’s probably why this country isn’t on the top list of the places to visit. That said, this huge country is full of archaeological sites. The desert is not only desert. For example, it has been the center of great civilizations like Nabateans, well known for their architecture in Petra, Jordan. We have a great article about the Wadi Rum in Jordan, which is not so far from Petra, and from al-Hijr, Saudi Arabia.
See what UNESCO write about al-Hijr: “The archaeological site of Al-Hijr (also known as Madâin Sâlih or Mada’in Saleh) is the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. Formerly known as Hegra it is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan (we have to publish an article about this particular place). It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades 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. With its 111 monumental tombs, 94 of which are decorated, and water wells, the site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.”
Now that you know a little better about this place, just let’s take a look at this beautiful archaeological site. Which means that now you want to go there.