Al-Okhdood Village

Al-Okhdood Village

Najran Najran

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Al-Okhdood village is an ancient historical village that dates back more than 2000 years. When you visit the village, you will be astounded by the shape of the bones and ashes that were made in ancient times as a result of the Great Holocaust that occurred in this site.

There are also a number of drawings engraved on the town walls, such as (snakes-camel-horse-human hand), as well as the ruins of enormous mills and the remains of ancient mosques.

The village of Al-Okhdood is located in the city of Najran, which is located in the south of Saudi Arabia, and it is one of the important places famous for its ancient monuments in its location, and it has been able to put its mark on ancient history. One of the most important landmarks in the Al-Okhdood area is the historical Darul 'Imara Palace near it, as well as the Hima wells and many of the surrounding archaeological villages, which are found in abundance on the banks of the Najran Valley. The village of Al-Okhdood was established 5 kilometers southwest of Najran 

The village of Al-Okhdood also tells about the contemporaneity of generations who lived in this area 2000 years ago, and it has also been mentioned in the Holy Qur'an, and they are the "People of the Ditch" 

Al-Okhdood has witnessed many important historical events for more than 2000 years now, and the most famous ones were the many campaigns and military battles that it has been subjected to by the great powers at that time and throughout different eras  

Also, Al-Okhdood has been subjected to a number of sieges because of these military battles, and a number of destructions that it has gone through after the attacks by tyrants and invaders. 

One of the most well-known historical events is the AL-Okhdood incident (People of the Ditch), which was mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. In this incident the city was destroyed, and a large number of lives were lost in a great Holocaust, and the age of this incident was more than 2000 years ago, when the last king of the people of Tubba', Dhu Nawas, took revenge on the Christians of Najran, and that was because they refused to convert to the Jewish religion. 

The most important feature of this area is that it contains a large number of ancient monuments dating back to the Umayyad, Byzantine, and Abbasid eras, as they all tell about the eras of time that passed through Al-Okhdood. 

In addition to its historic significance, these monuments highlight the region's prominence as a vital agricultural and commercial site at the time.

As the ancient city of Najran was built atop it, the Al-Okhdood area is one of the key archaeological sites that describe and reflect the civilization and history of South Arabia, as proven by many inscriptions in South Arabia.

The Kasbah is a rectangular big castle with a city inside, It is surrounded by a 235-meter-long wall, and it was an ancient complete fortification system for the castle, which was taken in the old days as the best security system in the south of the Arabian Peninsula and was considered at that time the best powerful defense system that works to protect the city and its inhabitants 

Exploration and development of Al-Okhdood 

The Saudi Commission for tourism and national heritage has carried out a lot of excavation, development, and archaeological works, and this is due to the importance of this ancient historical and archaeological site, which resulted in the discovery of a mosque northeast of the castle in Al-Okhdood.