Al-Baha Villages .. The fun of exploring ancient civilizations in the “Saudi Summer”


Between the ruggedness and ease of the terrain and the variation of the weather between moderate to cold, sprawling villages arose in which about half a million people lived, and these data made the villages of Al-Baha a destination for tourists and visitors from inside and outside the Kingdom in the “Saudi Summer”, to explore the ancient human-made civilizations in those villages. Like the civilizations that brought us archaeological treasures, they were embodied in the stone houses carved in the rock, the ancient palace of Ibn Raqosh, and others.
Visitors, when passing through the village of Bani Sar, north of the city of Al-Baha, contemplate the palace of Ibn Raqosh, built in 1833, and it includes five houses in its heart built in a unique architectural style. The miniature, which was intended to separate the disputants, and the palace also includes orchards that were a source of funding for the palace with food from wheat, corn, apples, figs and others, in addition to the pure water wells that irrigate the palace and orchards.
The tourists’ journey does not stop at Ibn Raqosh Palace. The explorers’ trips from the visitors to the place have written the history of the archaeological “Dhi Ain village” excavated on the top of a mountain, known for its multi-storey stone houses. Therefore, it was nicknamed the “Marble Village”, a unique heritage site. In Al-Makhwah in the Al-Baha region, surrounded by palms, banana trees, basil and lemon, and is characterized by an authentic heritage, a long history and a captivating beauty.
The village’s chronological history dates back to the end of the tenth century AH, extending its age to more than 400 years. It is one of the most important heritage villages in the Kingdom, where its 58 palaces were built of stone on a mountain of white quartz.
Four kilometers north of Qilwah Governorate in the Al-Baha region, are the adjacent historic villages of Al-Khalaf and Al-Khalif, which are distinguished by ancient Islamic inscriptions, from Quranic verses and supplications on basalt stones, so they were restored to preserve their heritage and the beauty of their traditional architecture.
Visiting heritage and archaeological sites is one of the tourism experiences that the “Saudi Summer” program focused on, and one of the most important destinations in this field is Al-Baha and its heritage villages, within the 11 tourist destinations announced by the Saudi Tourism Authority in the program, which began with the slogan “Our Summer is on You,” and continues until The end of next September, the tourist can visit the Soul of Saudi platform to see more than 500 tourist experiences, provided by 250 partners from the private sector.


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