The Asir region in the southwest of Saudi Arabia extends around Abha and south until the Yemeni border and Najran. It's on a high plateau with mountains rising up to 3000m of altitude. The weather here is different from the rest of Saudi Arabia: due to the altitude it's more fresh and because of the mountains and the local monsoons it rains more and some areas are even covered by forests.
Due to the overall better climate the population density here is higher than elsewhere in Saudi Arabia. There are many old villages which have been abandoned by the population, as it moved to more modern dwellings. Most of these villages are in ruins, but a few are being or have been restored.
The village of Tamniah lies about 40km southeast of Abha. There is a museum (closed at the time of visiting) and a number of houses in ruins near it. Some houses have an interesting architecture ("fins" on the outer walls). The Al Yanfa archaeological village lies only a few km west of Tamniah and is in a much better shape. Many buildings have been restored, some have interesting architecture, others are boing restored. Some buildings are even inhabited.
The Al Habala viewpoint is in the desert about 50km southeast of Abha. From here there is an impressive view over a deep canyon and a valley. The city of Dhahran Al Janub lies about 80km southeast of Al Habala. It's a modern city, but adjacent to it there is a heritage area with interesting old buildings. Some of them are ruins, others have been restored and are quite photogenic.
01 Tamniah heritage village 02 Tamniah heritage village 03 Tamniah heritage village 04 Tamniah heritage village
05 Ruins in Tamniah village 06 Tamniah heritage village 07 Tamniah heritage village
08 Tamniah heritage village 09 Tamniah museum 10 Tamniah heritage village 11 Tamniah heritage village 12 Tamniah heritage village
13 Tamniah heritage village 14 Tamniah heritage village 15 Tamniah heritage village
16 Tamniah heritage village 17 Tamniah heritage village 18 Tamniah heritage village
19 Al Yanfa heritage village 20 Al Yanfa heritage village 21 Al Yanfa heritage village 22 Al Yanfa heritage village 23 Al Yanfa heritage village
24 Al Yanfa heritage village 25 Al Yanfa heritage village
26 Al Yanfa heritage village
27 Al Yanfa heritage village 28 Al Yanfa heritage village 29 Al Yanfa heritage village
30 Room in house in Al Yanfa 31 Room in house in Al Yanfa 32 Staircase in house in Al Yanfa 33 Al Yanfa heritage village 34 Al Yanfa heritage village
35 Al Yanfa heritage village 36 Al Yanfa heritage village 37 House windows in Al Yanfa 38 Al Yanfa heritage village
39 Al Yanfa heritage village 40 Al Yanfa heritage village 41 Al Yanfa heritage village 42 Al Yanfa heritage village
43 Al Habala viewpoint 44 Al Habala viewpoint 45 Al Habala viewpoint 46 Al Habala canyon
47 Al Habala canyon 48 Al Habala canyon 49 Al Habala viewpoint and valley
50 Wadi Al-Murabba valley 51 Wadi Al-Murabba valley
52 Ahl al-Hosn archaeological village 53 Ahl al-Hosn archaeological village
54 Al Basam valley 55 Tower in Al Harjah 56 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village
57 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 58 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 59 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 60 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 61 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village
62 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 63 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 64 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village 65 Al Maamour mosque in Dhahran Al Janub
66 Dhahran Al Janub heritage village
Page viewed 337 times since 16.08.23
©Copyright Alfred Molon