By Anne Cacherell
Situated in the desert landscape of northeastern Saudi Arabia is the most photogenic and most iconic symbol of Mada’in Saleh, Qasr al-Farid also known as “The Lonely Castle.” This unfinished 4-storey tomb carved out of sandstone was built in the first century AD. Heavily chiseled and fashioned from the top down, this monumental burial site also includes 131 rock-cut tombs made during the heyday of the Nabatean Kingdom.
Still standing in its magnificent condition after 1,900 years, this massive stone building was declared as Saudi Arabia’s first World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2008.
With its unchanging and barren surroundings, the desert holds numerous tales and mysteries that serve as an enigma to its beauty. Do you want to add this wonder on your bucket list? Tell us what’s on your mind.