ThePlace: Al-Majaridah governorate in Asir, unique gem of Saudi Arabia
From the beauty of its houses to the richness of its history, the governorate of Al-Majaridah in Asir region, is a unique gem of Saudi Arabia.
The village’s early residents excelled in agriculture and astronomy. Using abstract calculations, they were able to create an agricultural calendar, one of the most famous and oldest of its kind in the Kingdom.
The houses are built in a distinct architectural style and are nestled in a vibrant landscape of mountains, valleys, caves and vast fields, where celebrations and folk dances are often held. The area features an abundance of fragrant shrubs and herbs including wormwood, buddleja polystachya, caralluma, lavender, dodonaea, thyme and basil, as well as trees such as junipers, Christ’s thorn jujube and almond.
Al-Majaridah is characterized by the height of its mountains and the variation in its temperature throughout the seasons.
The village sits amid fertile lands supplied by wells that hold enough water for residents and their farms, some of which use irrigation and others that employ the “falaj” system, which evenly distributes rainwater between the farms.
Al-Majaridah’s early community excelled in agriculture, cultivating a wide range of fruits such as pomegranates, apples, prunes, barbary figs, apricots, grapes, peaches, berries, and all kinds of legumes. It was also known for its ghee and honey products.