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Madain Saleh Saudi Arabia – Cursed Place By God

Madain Saleh is a pre-Islamic archaeological site which is the largest conserved site of the civilization of the Nabataeans south of Petra in Jordan. It features well-preserved monumental tombs with decorated facades dating from the 1st century BC to the 1st century AD. Nabataean people innovated in carving stones, drilling wells on the rocks, digging rainwater tanks and carving places of worship on the rocks. Study shows that Madain Saleh governed by Nabataean, then by Romanians who dominated the North Arabian Peninsula in 106 A.D. Madain Salih (City of Prophet Salih (PBUH)) also known as al-Hijr, or Hegra, situated almost 750 KM north from Jeddah, 300KM from Medina. The City is mentioned as Al-Hijr in Quran with several other perished nation’s cities. The site is an outstanding example of the Nabataeans’ architectural accomplishment and hydraulic expertise.


Madain Saleh constitutes the kingdom’s southernmost and largest settlement after Petra, its capital. Traces of Lihyanite and Roman occupation before and after the Nabatean rule, respectively, can also be found. According to the Islamic text, the Thamudis, who carved out homes in the mountains, were punished by God for their practice of idol worship, being struck by an earthquake and lightning blasts. Thus, the site has earned a reputation as a cursed place. Madain Saleh is the first World Heritage site in Saudi Arabia which was added on July 6, 2008 to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

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