The archaeological site of Fayd is 100km southeast of Ha'il and 520km northwest of Riyadh. While it can be easily reached by car, it's not easy to find because on Google Maps the location is named "Kharash Palace and Castle", and nowhere on the web there is any reference to this name.
To visit this place, you park the car in front of the visitor centre building and then walk inside. There is a free of charge museum with some exhibits and maps of the area, explaining the history of the place. Then it's a 100m walk to the actual archaeological area. This contains ruins of an ancient settlement with city walls, houses, a mosque and a cistern. This place existed about 1000 years ago as a stopping point along the pilgrimage route from Baghdad to Mecca.
How to get to Fayd
Fayd can easily be reached by car. It's a one hour drive from Ha'il further north.
Accommodation
The closest bookable accomodation seems to be in Ash Shinān. Alternatively it is possible to stay in Ha'il and visit Fayd as a daytrip.
01 Public park 02 Broken stone water basin 03 Museum
04 Ruins of Fayd 05 Ruins of Fayd 06 Ruins of houses outside the walls
07 External walls of the citadel 08 Main street 09 Ruins of houses outside the walls
10 External walls of the citadel 11 Ruins of houses outside the walls 12 Ruins of mosque 13 External walls of the citadel
14 External walls of the citadel 15 Ruins of Fayd 16 Water cistern 17 Citadel wall
18 Water cistern
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