The iconic tomb of Qasr al-Farid

Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)2008

UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

Undoubtedly the most iconic tomb at Hegra, Qasr al-Farid stands alone, a single tomb that occupies a significant proportion of the volume of the isolated outcrop into which it is carved. It is the largest of all the tombs at Hegra, visible from afar across the site. It is unfinished, with approximately a third left to be carved based on the depth of the entrance that has been started.
The tomb, IGN 110, features architectural elements not seen elsewhere at the site, including the use of four pilasters (columns) on the façade instead of the usual two. The inscription above the door bears no date, and follows a different formula to other known legal inscriptions. It has been translated both as “Lihyan son of Kuzza took it” and “For Hayyan son of Kuzza and his descendants” – the differences in translation can be attributed to ambiguity over one letter in the inscription.


  • Title: The iconic tomb of Qasr al-Farid
  • Creator: Al-Hijr Archaeological Site (Madâin Sâlih)
  • Date Created: 2008
  • Location Created: Saudi Arabia
  • Rights: Mohammed Babelli
  • Location: Saudi Arabia
  • Inscription Criteria: Criteria: (ii)(iii)
  • Date of Inscription: 2008
  • Category of Site: Cultural site

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