Tabuk is the capital in the northwestern region of the beautiful kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This particular region has been mentioned by a Greek mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and writer, Ptolemy; which means that this region should at the very least date back to 2nd century CE.
Tabuk became famous for its association with the combat battled in 630 CE, during the period of Prophet Muhammad. Since then, it remained a gateway of North Arabia. It was visited by a number of western travellers such as Doughty in 1877 CE.
This region is so rich in antiquities and archaeological sites such as petroglyphs, inscriptions, forts, palaces, walls, Syrian-Egyptian pilgrimage route, and the remains of the Hejaz Railway line, the main station of which is located in Tabuk itself.
The museum of Tabuk, also known as the Museum of Antiquities and Traditional Heritage in Tabuk, is a place which highlights the culture and historical dimensions of Tabuk, and spreads awareness of the history which this region holds.
The museum itself is located in the halls of the Department of Education. It was opened to the public in 2004CE.
The entrance hall contains the Quranic verses which describe Islam’s relationship with the archaeological studies, the panel on the antiquities, and pictures of the most important archaeological and historical landmarks in the Kingdom.
Hall of Natural and Geological History of Tabuk contains the samples of rocks in the region, mining sites, the environmental heritage and the flora and fauna of Tabuk region.
Prehistoric Hall starts from the Palaeolithic times, which are also known as the Old Stone Ages until the end pre-Islamic era through a display of a set of stone tools, pottery pieces and paintings, rock inscriptions and writings, as well as texts and pictures telling the story of pre-Islamic times.
Tabuk and Islam Hall talks about the early migration of the Prophet Mohammed to Madinah, the era of the Caliphs, the Islamic successive periods in addition to displaying a range of various archaeological pieces, paintings including texts and pictures, and rare manuscripts dating back to this period.
Heritage of Tabuk Hall shows representations of a group of wood industries, some clothing, jewellery, sets of cooking and farming tools of the region from yesteryears and the times gone by.
Tabuk in Saudi Era shows the joining of Tabuk to the Saudi regime and the participation of the people of this region in uniting different parts of the Kingdom. It also displays through photographs and text, all the princes who ruled the Emirate of Tabuk from past until the present.
As we move from the museum to the renowned Tabuk Castle, which is also known as the castle of As-hab al-Aykah, which roughly translates to, “Companions of the Wood”, who are mentioned in the Holy Book of Islam.
The castle itself dates back to about 3500 BCE, and has been restored many times; the last was in 1652CE. It was one of the several forts and stations built all along the Syrian pilgrimage route to welcome the pilgrims.
The fort consists of two floors. The first floor contains an open courtyard and a number of rooms, a mosque, a well and the stairway for leading to the watch towers used by the guards. The fort is considered as an archaeological landmark of the region and is open for the visitors.
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