Top 3 Must-visit Places In Saudi Arabia

Hotels in Saudi Arabia are your starting point for exploring this focal point of the Middle East. The following UNESCO listed or recommended sites are the cream of the crop. Ensure they form part of your visit to Saudi Arabia. Madain Saleh Like in nearby Jordan, the Arab tribal people known as the Nabataeans are believed to be the ones who have left structures of ancient cities, in this case at Madain Saleh, an important southern city of the Nabataean Kingdom. Like at their capital of Petra in modern day Jordan, the Nabataeans created tombs by carving them out of the hillside. Indeed 131 tombs remain, in impressively good condition. Sanctuaries and religious structures were also carved from the rock face. These peoples mastered the art of rain and springwater collection for the dry season, making Madain Saleh an ancient oasis. Madain Saleh (City of Saleh), also known as Al-Hijr ("rocky place" in Arabic), was annexed by the Roman Empire in the early 2nd century AD. It formed a part of trade routes, until these moved to the Red Sea, with the local population also deserting this town. This may be a major reason why Madain Saleh has been left so well maintained. This impressive range of ancient structures sit surrounded by golden sand dunes, on the edges of Wadi Hanifa, a narrow valley. Madain Saleh was registered in UNESCO’s World Heritage list in 2008, becoming Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site. Ad-Diriyah Beautiful desert sand coloured buildings or deep reddish brown walled remains greet the visitor at Ad-Diriyah. This settlement is believed to have been founded in the 15th century AD. Several villages later consolidated as Ad-Diriyah, the original home of the Saudi Royal family, and became an important point on pilgrimage routes. Revival of Islam in the area increased the town’s importance around the 18th century as scholars and merchants were drawn to the area. Ad-Diriyah became the centre of power for a large part of the Arabian peninsula. Some of the palaces have been beautifully restored, contrasting with the weathered walls of other structures that capture the historic feel of the area. After the Saudi conquest of Mecca and Medina the retaliating Ottomans attacked and destroyed much of Ad-Diriyah, in the Ottoman-Saudi war of 1811-1818. The capital later moved to Riyadh. The Saudi government founded the new town of Ad Diriyah in the 1970s, which lies in close proximity to this ancient town. Jeddah Jeddah is both a modern city, and Saudi Arabia’s second largest, and a historic city from ancient times. Historic Jeddah is housed within this modern city of 3.4 million. Over recent decades, local authorities have worked to preserve many of the buildings in Jeddah’s historic precinct. Ottoman art and Arabic designs are in evidence. Enchanting narrow laneways were designed as such, to provide shade and block out much of the sun’s heat. A bustling modern city has sprung up around the old town, so one can mix a bit of bargain hunting in the old souks with upmarket boutique shopping on fashionable Tahlia Street. Jeddah is also situated on the Red Sea, making it a popular retreat for Saudis seeking a retreat from the desert heat. Jeddah also gives access to Red Sea marine life and offshore coral reefs. Look for hotels Saudi Arabia as your base for exploring this central part of the Arabian peninsula. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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