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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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