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Hegra, Saudi Arabia. Source: ab / Adobe Stock.

Hegra, Petra's Forgotten Twin (Video)


The magnificent ancient city of Petra, nestled in the rugged mountains of modern-day Jordan, captivates visitors with its breathtaking beauty and historical significance. Recognized as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra attracts millions of tourists each year. However, few are aware of its mysterious 'twin' located in Saudi Arabia. Hegra, also known as Al-Hijr, was once the second largest settlement in the ancient Nabataean kingdom, with Petra being the largest.

Situated in the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia, Hegra showcases a remarkable fusion of architectural styles influenced by Greco-Roman, North African, and Middle Eastern cultures. Its rock-cut tombs, intricate facades, and grand structures are a testament to the prosperous Nabataean civilization. Like Petra, Hegra boasts stunning sandstone cliffs and carved rock formations that have withstood the test of time. Classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra stands as a testament to the ancient trade routes and cultural exchanges that flourished in the region centuries ago

Top image: Hegra, Saudi Arabia. Source: ab / Adobe Stock.

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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