July 10, 2014

Madain Salih, Saudi Arabia

Photograph by John Stanmeyer, National Geographic

A pre-Islamic people, Nabataeans carved palatial tombs at Madain Salih. In 2008, UNESCO named Madain Salih a World Heritage site, making it the first destination in Saudi Arabia to receive the title.

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28 comments
Tina Wade-Lucas
Tina Wade-Lucas

When I see ancient monuments, such as this, it makes me marvel at the dedication, strength and time that went into it's growth. It also makes me wonder how much time did "ancient" people spend doing things that were fun, enjoyable, relaxing, etc.?  What marvels did THEY see?  Just things that make you go "Hmm".

Kip Keino
Kip Keino

Amazing what men can do with chisels and imagination. Good thing graffiti artists didn't get there.

Rupak Risal
Rupak Risal

What a marvelous site. Wish to see it some day. 

Francis C.
Francis C.

What tools did they have and the mind to make it so?!? In awe and love to visit it.

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar

Great photograph.... Happy to know that there still pre Islamic structures left in KSA.

Alejandro Merizalde
Alejandro Merizalde

Stunning image. The human element, his posture of curiosity add up to a fantastic capture. Congratulations to the photographer.

Tex Vel
Tex Vel

Beautiful...I bet it was constructed by those UFO folks...just look at the precision of each angle...Astonishing!!!

Mike MacInnis
Mike MacInnis

And remember when He made you successors after Ad and settled you in the land-- you make mansions on its plains and hew out houses in the mountains-- remember therefore Allah's benefits and do not act corruptly in the land, making mischief.


Al-Qur'an 7:74

Shannon T
Shannon T

Amazing. I'm glad there is a person in the doorway to show the size.

Carlo Schmidt
Carlo Schmidt

These pictures are beautiful! Wish we had the ability like we used to to download a higher resolution image and use it as a desktop picture!

Quincy Von Wildbeast
Quincy Von Wildbeast

Wow. Can you even imagine how hard that was to do? Amazing! Thanks for sharing this with us!


Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A magnificent structure with its design clearly picked out by the sunshine in a well composed shot that shows its size. The reddish stone is just beautiful, so too the shot.  j.e.s......

Wayne  Norman
Wayne Norman

Absolutely gorgeous light and subject.  Wow.  The pic is full of beautiful light and wonder.  Thanks so much for sharing this with us.  And the person surely gives us a great sense of scale.  Superb.

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