Amongst the most significant discoveries in all of AlUla is the city of Dadan, the capital of the Dadan and Lihyan kingdoms. The city, which was built meticulously from stone and astride the valley’s oasis dates back between the late 9th and early 8th century BCE Kingdom of Dadan and 5th 2nd century BCE Kingdom of Lihyan
What can't be miss:
One of the most exciting displays is more than a dozen tombs cut into the red-rock cliff faces east of the city. From afar, these look like simple dark rectangles. A closer look reveals skilfully crafted funerary monuments, including the seated lion sculptures that mark the famous Lion Tombs. Lions symbolised power and protection and may have marked the burial of an elite member of society, perhaps even a member of royalty. These tombs are up to 50 metres above ground level spurring the imagination of how they were carved without modern construction equipment.
Info for visitors:
Modern amenities, such as pathways and signs, have been added to enhance your experience when visiting Dadan. Be sure to stop by the all-new visitors’ centre, visual display hall and research centre. Within, you’ll discover findings, such as artefacts and sculptures, while learning more about AlUla’s remarkable past and the ongoing discoveries at Dadan.
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