Qasr Al-Farid, a largest single rock in Saudi Arabia’s AlUla

31/10/20

The Saudi tourist destination of AlUla reopened its doors to visitors on Friday, and will remain available and packed with outdoor activities throughout the year. Visitors do not have to wait for a season to visit AlUla; they can now visit the ancient site at any time. The destination will be ready for international visitors, too, when travel restrictions are lifted next year.
Qasr Al-Farid, one of the largest existing tombs, is among the main attractions. Its name reveals its uniqueness as a single rock independent of the other palaces or tombs.
The tomb is unique because it was left incomplete and there are no signs of burial sites inside. While most graves have two columns, Al-Farid has four with Nabatean crowns on the front.
The palace contains a pagan symbol, the eagle, in front of the gate. The Nabateans were known to be polytheists.

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The Place: Qasr Al-Farid, in Madain Saleh, Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site

22/08/20

Photo/Saudi Tourism
  • Qasr Al-Farid is the only tomb whose facade is decorated with four columns topped by a single Nabataea crown instead of two

Qasr Al-Farid, in Madain Saleh in the AlUla governorate, is a unique place — a tomb with the largest facade in the archeological site, measuring about 13.85 meters. 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.
Qasr Al-Farid is the only tomb whose facade is decorated with four columns topped by a single Nabataea crown instead of two. Because it stands alone in the open, is called Al-Farid, which means “unique.”
The tomb is intriguing, as it was never completed, nor was it ever used as such; there are no traces of burial sites within it.
This photograph was taken by Nasir Al-Nasir as part of the Colors of Saudi collection.

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