World Heritage Sites in Saudi Arabia


Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madain Salih)

Formerly known as Hegra it 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. The site also features some 50 inscriptions of the pre-Nabataean period and some cave drawings.


At-Turaif District in ad-Dir'iyah

(24.734 N 46.572 E)

Founded in the 15th century, this was the first capital of the Saudi Dynasty. It shows the Najdi architectural style, which is specific to the center of the Arabian peninsula. The property includes the remains of many palaces and an urban ensemble built on the edge of the ad-Dir'iyah oasis.



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Last Updated: November 28, 2010