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A 2,000 Year Old Saudi Tomb Is The Latest Snapchat Landmarker Filter

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If you thought the wonders of Al Ula couldn’t possibly get ANY cooler… think again.

Mixing the tradition of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Snapchat tech trends, three artists will now get the chance to be featured on the famous Qasr Al Farid, also know as ‘the lonely island of the Nabataeans.’

The Nabataeans were an immensely wealthy tribe who lived in Madinah Saleh 2,000 years ago. Qasr Al Farid is one of 111 tombs dotted around the area and its intricate carvings (along with the new tourist visa) are proving to draw for tourists from around the world to check it out.

To use the Snap Landmarker, you need to be nearby Qasr Al Farid

Point your camera in the direction of the tomb and artworks will appear

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🇮🇹 Mada'in Saleh, Arabia Saudita. Mada'in Saleh, chiamata anche al-Higr (luogo roccioso) è un sito archeologico situato a nord dell'Arabia Saudita. In tempi antichi la città, nota come Hegra, era abitata dai Nabatei. Nonostante Hegra fosse un remoto avamposto ai margini meridionali del territorio dei Nabatei, in questa località sono rimaste importanti tracce della loro civiltà. Di notevole rilevanza sono le tombe monumentali; scolpite dall'alto verso il basso a partire da un unico blocco di arenaria. Queste strutture sono ben conservate e risalgono tra il 100 a.C. e il 100 d.C. Qasr al-Farid, il "castello solitario", è la tomba più spettacolare. Si tratta di una struttura possente mai completata, realizzata nel I sec. a.C. Tale monumento conserva ancora le effigi e i simboli religiosi scolpiti circa 2000 anni fa. 🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹🔸🔹 🇬🇧 Mada'in Saleh, Saudi Arabia. Mada'in Saleh, also called al-Higr (rocky place) is an archaeological site located in the north of Saudi Arabia. In ancient times the city, known as Hegra, was inhabited by the Nabataeans. Although Hegra was a remote outpost on the southern fringes of the Nabataean territory, traces of their civilization remained in this place. Remarkable are the monumental tombs carved from top to bottom, starting from a single block of sandstone. These structures are well preserved and date back to 100 BC and 100 AD. Qasr al-Farid, the "Lonely Castle", is the most spectacular tomb. It is a colossal structure never completed, built in the first century BC. This monument still preserves the effigies and religious symbols carved about 2000 years ago. 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 📸 Photo by @gabscanu 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 🔸 🔹 #arabiasaudita #saudiarabia #heritage #desert #deserto #madainsaleh #nature #medainsaleh #travelling #tomb #culture #qasralfarid #lonelycastle #travel #drone #antiquities #antiqua_archeologia #archeodestination #travelling #history #archeology #archeologia #architecture #viaggi #archeological #publicarcheology #worldheritage #rocktomb

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