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AL-HIJR, Saudi Arabia — Fully draped in a black veil, Irish blonde Angela Miskelly stares out in awe as she strolls through Al-Hijr, the ancient Saudi city of tombs carved into rose-coloured sandstone mountains.
"Spectacular... wonderful... breathtaking," she says. "But where are the tourists? If we had a site like this in my country, we would have millions of tourists!"
Dating back to the second century BC, the Nabataean archaeological site, also known as Madain Saleh, has long been hidden from foreign visitors in this ultra-conservative kingdom that rarely opens up to tourists.
Saudi Arabia is thought to have been wary of archaeologists and scientists seeking to study its ancient ruins for fear their findings could shine the spotlight on pre-Islamic civilisations that once thrived there.
Originally posted by Xeven
reply to post by Mianeye
Is'nt dening access to information that might prove your beliefs wrong basically admiting you know your beliefs are full of crap? If you know your religion is garbage why would you attempt to protect it anyway?
That includes what ever the Pope is hiding under his pillowedit on 11-10-2012 by Xeven because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by geldib
reply to post by fishwhisperer
Actually Mohammed was from Mecca but he and his followers were kicked out after he started islam then he moved to Medina where islam blossomed. Then with his new followers and supporters he reconquered Mecca. As far as him being of Nabatean descent I do not know. He did travel all over in his youth with his uncle a merchant/trader.edit on 11-10-2012 by geldib because: (no reason given)edit on 11-10-2012 by geldib because: (no reason given)