Pre-Islamic Tombs of Saleh

Mada'in Saleh

Mada’in Saleh

Ian from Saudi Arabia sent me this postcard as a result of a swap that would just confuse you. But I also need to thank Edwin from Bahrain. Mada’in Saleh dates back to the pre-Islamic period of Saudi Arabia. The site of the tombs have been inhabited (according to the Qur’an) since after the days of Noah but before Moses. That means that people have been living in this part of the world for approximately 5000 years. These 131 tombs have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008 and have enjoyed protection as archaeological sites since 1972. According to Islamic texts, the area is cursed by Allah and as a result, the government has struggled to overcome the stigma, as it is trying to develop the site as a tourist attraction. Quite interesting. Thank you Ian and Edwin!

Diarise Seeing Diriyah

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

Diriyah, Saudi Arabia

This postcard of Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, came all the way from Ian in Saudi Arabia. Diriyah is located near the country’s capital, Riyadh. It served as the first Saudi dynasty’s seat and capital of Saudi Arabia from 1744 to 1818. The city, however, dates back much further back to somewhere between 1446 and 1447. I don’t know about many places like this that are still standing in the world, it definitely looks like something one would have to see before trading the temporary for the eternal. I’ll have to add it to my future travel plans. Thank you Ian!