MEDA'IN SALEH

 Tombs: Exteriors and Interiors

 Niches, Altars and God Blocks

 Tomb Decorations, Falcons, Faces, etc

 Meda'in Saleh

This Nabataean city is located in Saudi Arabia, approximately 320 kilometers south of Petra. A tourist visa to Saudi Arabia is required. These are unusually only given to pre-arranged tour groups. This Nabataean city has 131 tombs spread out over 13.4 kilometers. The city proper as a siq, walls, towers, water conduits, and cisterns. We are trying to collect pictures, maps and other descriptions of this site. If you can help us please email us.

One of the interesting things about Meda'in Saleh is that many of the tombs have inscriptions which describe who built the tomb, who is buried there, and who can use the tomb. Inscriptions like this are common on other Nabataean burial sites, but very few have been found in Petra. Some have wondered if the inscriptions in Petra were painted onto white plaster, which would have crumbled over history. Others have wondered if perhaps there never were any in Petra. We are still collecting information about Meda'in Saleh. If you have information, maps, or pictures that we could use please contact us.

 

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

 

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

 

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

 

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

Photo by Galen R Frysinger
www.galenfrysinger.com
Used with permission

Special thanks to John and Kathy Haberman for all the photos below this point. Their contributions have greatly aided us in recording Meda'in Saleh for those who cannot enter Saudi Arabia at this time.

 

Below: A capital with what looks like a drawing of "grain."

 

 Above: A close-up of the grain drawing.

 

Left: A general view

 

 General view of area F.
 Decorations on a Nabataean capital.

 

 

Left: An interesting capital

 The view from the High Place looking north west.
 Above: A dining hall. Notice the siq on the left where people enter Meda'in Saleh.  Above: To the left of the dining hall, a niche is carved into the wall with a god-block.

 Tombs: Exteriors and Interiors

 Niches, Altars and God Blocks

 Tomb Decorations, Falcons, Faces, etc

 Meda'in Saleh

Here are links to a couple of interesting web sites with pictures:
Adventures in Medain Saleh 
Great pictures, but writer doesn't seem to know much about Nabataean History.
http://www.baynardscastle.com/adventures/medsaleh.html
 
You can see more photos at this site: http://www.zubeyr-kureemun.com/

Medain Saleh Trip, December 1999
A Tourist's view of Medain Saleh
http://buzz_777.tripod.com/travelsmedainsaleh.htm

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