Qasr al-Bint Necropolis in Hegra

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Carole Raddato
published on 21 February 2024
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The Qasr al-Bint necropolis in Hegra (Mada'in Salih) in modern-day Saudi Arabia is one of the four necropolis areas to have survived. Qasr al-Bint consists of 31 Nabatean tombs dating from 1 to 58 CE. The tombs include fine inscriptions concerning the eminent figures for whom the tombs were intended and decorations such as birds, monsters and human faces.

Hegra was the southernmost capital of the Nabatean people, a once-nomadic Arabian tribe that settled and grew wealthy from trade in frankincense, spices and other luxury commodities. The Nabatean city peaked between about 50 BCE and 106 CE. Hegra is Saudi Arabia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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