The Qasr Al Bint is a group of tombs dedicated to the women of ancient times. It is translated as the “Palace of the Daughter or Maiden.” It has, too, the largest tomb facade in the entire Madain Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
One interesting tomb here is the one occupied and built by two sisters. It has two floors! The older sister had the upper level and the younger had the lower level. It is insane to think that these two women were literally digging and carving their own tombs while they’re still alive. Oh dear, that sounds very creepy to me! The Nabatean people believed in life after death—which explains why they’d prepare for their tombs while still alive.
For some people, this life after death belief makes sense, right? Ok, maybe, a long time ago, it did make sense. Nowadays, it’s kinda weird for me. How can one live his life to the fullest while thinking about death and his life after that? Do you live to die? That’s kinda sad to me. 🙁
This is what the inside tomb looks like. No, they didn’t bury their dead in standing position. These are shelves which the dead can use in their life after death.
Go there in the afternoon, especially when the sun is gold. The rock formations in the entire area are breathtakingly photogenic in every angle.
You should go camping – an experience you won’t forget. We stayed both in Sahary Al Ola Camp and Madakhil Camp. If one is full, we choose the other. If camping in the desert is not your thing, you can always stay at Al Ula Arac Hotel downtown.