Friday, July 10, 2009

Mada'in Saleh (مدائن صالح )

I am very happy to introduce today World heritage site from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. One reason is that I am working here since 2006. I will be very happy to introduce new places of the Kingdom. I got this beautiful phone card of Mada'in Saleh (مدائن صالح ). World Heritage site from 2008. I am also collecting Phonecards for WHS, this is my first Phonecard.

The city of Al Hajr or Madain Saleh is an archeological site in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, located in the of Al Ola sector within the Al Madinah region. It occupies a strategic position linking Mesopotamia with Syria and Egypt. It was the land of Thamoods in Wadi Al Qurah "Valley of Villages", between Al Madinah and Tabouk. They say that, Al Hajar was known as Madain Saleh or Saleh Quarh.

Mada’in Saleh Arabic: مدائن صالح , madāʼin Ṣāliḥ, “Cities of Saleh”), also called Al-Hijr (“rocky place”), is an ancient city located in northern Hejaz (modern day Saudi Arabia), around 22 km from the red-cliffed wadi town of Al-‘Ula (Arabic: العلا‎). In ancient times the city was inhabited by Thamudis and Nabateans and was known as Hegra.
Some of the inscriptions found in the area date back to the 2nd millennium BC. However, all the remaining architectural elements are dated to the period of the Thamudi, Lihyan and Nabatean civilizations, between the 1st millennium BC and the second century AD
In 2008, UNESCO proclaimed Mada’in Saleh as a site of patrimony, becoming Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site

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