They are called Lion Tombs carved in the rocky mountains. Don’t get it wrong – no dead lions are buried inside. The lions are literally carved on the side of one of the Al Khuraiba Tombs. These small tombs are within walking distance from a discovered old kingdom called the “Kingdom of Lihyan.” Unlike the Nabatean Tombs (Petra in Jordan), these resting places are not as impressive as those you can find in Madain Saleh, located a few kilometers from here.
We didn’t go up there because we were in a hurry to return to our camp to pick up the rest of the group for a sunset viewing on top of the mountain.
Our guide didn’t explain why they were carved there, but he guessed that ancient people might have believed that these animals could protect their dead relatives in the afterlife.
HOTEL IN AL-ULA
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Things to do in Al Ula
There are a few things you can do in Al Ula. You can visit Madain Saleh, The Elephant Rock, the canyon, or go mountain climbing. Or, if you just want to chill, you can always sit around a campfire and drink tea while enjoying your shisha. And don’t forget to marvel at the shimmering beauty of the Maraya Concert Hall – dubbed as the largest mirrored building in the world by the Guinness World of Records.