The archaeological gem of Al-Okhdood in southwestern Saudi Arabia dates back more than 2,000 years.
The historic site in Najran is rich with artifacts and remnants of ancient drawings and engravings on stones, which include depictions of a human hand, a horse, a camel and snakes. The remains of a mosque can also be seen.
Al-Okhdood and the story of its people are mentioned in the Buruj chapter of the Holy Qur’an, which refers to a Jewish Himyarite king burning alive thousands of his citizens for converting to Christianity.
This photograph was taken by Abdul Aziz Alarify as part of the Colors of Saudi Competition.
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