This may be further evidence that the owner of this tomb was an immensely wealthy and important individual in Nabataean society.
It may come as a surprise then that the building of the Qasr al-Farid was actually never completed.Nevertheless, the Nabataeans were highly skilled craftsmen when it came to carving rock, and numerous examples of their workmanship can be found throughout their kingdom. The Qasr al-Farid (meaning ‘Lonely Castle’) is located in the archaeological site of Madâin Sâlih (known also as al-Hijr or Hegra) in the north of Saudi Arabia.Although called a castle, the Qasr al-Farid was actually a tomb constructed around the 1 century AD.Are you looking for a Bay Guardian story that was published before 2015? The print and online articles from the Bay Guardian newspaper and from 2006–2014 are back online at the Bay Guardian archives, and you can search the archive at this link. Also, take a look at our Issuu account for searchable PDFs of our most recent issues.We will be adding more to the archives in coming months, so stay tuned!
As such monuments were meant to be an indication of the wealth and the social status of the people who commissioned them, bigger definitely meant better.