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ThePlace: Qasr Al-Farid in Madain Saleh

ThePlace: Qasr Al-Farid in Madain Saleh

(Rahnuma) Al-Farid in Madain Saleh in Al-Ula governorate is a “unique palace.” It gains importance for several reasons — it is one of the largest existing tombs and its name represents its uniqueness as one rock independent of the rest of the palaces or tombs.

The tomb is unique because it was not completed and was not used as a tomb as there are no traces of burial sites inside it.

It is also distinguished from the rest of the tombs with an increase in the columns carved on the facade. Most graves have two columns, but Al-Farid has four with Nabataean crowns on the front.

In 2008, Madain Saleh was selected as one of UNESCO’s historic heritage sites, making it the first World Heritage property to be inscribed in Saudi Arabia. • Photo/Saudi Tourism

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