The Lonely Castle: Incredible abandoned tomb in the desert; Becky Pemberton; Daily Mail

Saudi Arabia – Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)

 

  • Qasr al-Farid or ‘The Lonely Castle’ has been standing strong since the first century AD
  • The single-rock tomb is incomplete and abandoned, but fascinatingly reveals structures were carved from top down
  • The striking castle is one of 131 tombs from the Nabatean Kingdom, located in the Al-Ula sector

Standing isolated surrounded by the vast, golden north Saudi Arabian desert is a bizarre single rock castle, which has been lying undisturbed for centuries.

Qasr al-Farid or ‘The Lonely Castle’ has a sad tale, standing incomplete and abandoned, looking out of place in the vast, barren landscape.

Believed to be constructed in the first century A.D. and situated on one of the most important ancient trade routes, linking the north and south of the Arabian peninsula, the mysterious monument was never finished.

Despite its misleading name, the fascinating four-storey monument was actually used as a tomb. It’s intricate carving borrows decorative elements from Egyptian, Hellenistic, and Assyrian architecture.

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