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The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

They are called Lion Tombs carved in the rock mountains. Don’t get it wrong – there are definitely no dead lions buried inside. The lions are literally carved on the side of one of the Al Khuraiba Tombs. These small tombs are walking distance from a discovered old kingdom called “Kingdom of Lihyan.” Unlike the Nabatean Tombs (Petra in Jordan), these resting places are not as impressive as the ones you can find in Madain Saleh, located a few kilometres from here.

The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

The facade of the mountains where the Khuraiba Tombs are carved.

We didn’t go up there because we were in a hurry to go back to our camp to pick up the rest of the group for a sunset viewing on top of the mountain.

The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

Our guide didn’t explain why they’re carved there but he guessed that ancient people might have believed that these animals could protect their dead relatives in the after life.

The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

The Lion Tombs Carved in the Rock Mountains

Travel Tips:

There are some things to do in Al Ula, like, going camping for a night or two at Madakhil Camp, visit Madain Saleh and the Elephant Rock. You can also do a short hike to the top of a rock mountain.

You can’t get inside the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Madain Saleh, without a permit. If you stay at Madakhil Camp or at Al Ula Arac Hotel, they can help you to get one for free. And there’s no entrance fee, too.

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