Attractions

Ruins in Madain Saleh

Madain Saleh

The extraordinary Madain Saleh is home to 131 tombs, 45 of which carry inscriptions in late Aramaic script above the entrance. These inscriptions detail the tomb’s builders – many constructed by wealthy women. The e…
Ruins in Madain Saleh

Al Diwan

The diwan (meeting room), carved into a hillside to shield it from the wind, is one of the few extant examples of non-funerary architecture in Madain Saleh. The name owes more to modern Arab culture than to the Naba…
Ruins in Madain Saleh

Qasr Al Bint

Qasr Al Bint consists of a wonderful row of facades that make for dramatic viewing from across Madain Saleh. The east face has two particularly well-preserved tombs, the largest 16m tall. If you look up near the nor…
Historic Building in Madain Saleh

Hejaz Railway Station

At the northern edge of the site is the Madain Saleh station of the Hejaz Railway. The site has been comprehensively restored and therefore lacks the lonely and decrepit charm of the stations elsewhere. The complex,…
Ruins in Madain Saleh

Qasr Al Saneh

Qasr Al Saneh is an appropriate place to start a tour of Madain Saleh, as it reveals many of the essential elements of Nabataean funerary architecture: a relatively unadorned facade; the two five-step motifs at the …
Ruins in Madain Saleh

Qasr Farid

Qasr Farid in the south is the largest tomb of Madain Saleh and perhaps the most stunning, if not the most iconic in the region. Carved starting from the top – but never completed – from a free-standing rock monolit…
Ruins in Madain Saleh

Nabataean Well & Al Mahajar Tombs

The Nabataeans were masters of hydrology and manipulated rain run-off and underground aquifers to thrive in this desert landscape. This great well was one of over 60 wells currently known in the city. The wall suppo…
Ruins in Madain Saleh

Al Khuraymat

This area, about 750m north of Qasr Al Saneh, has some of the best-preserved tombs in Madain Saleh – around 20 tombs are carved into the rock face. Look out for elegant gynosphinxes: spirit guardians with women’s he…