Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tower of Raghaba - The Sequel

Be Vigilant, for nothing one achieves lasts forever.
~ Tahar Ben Jelloun

Back in February, 2011, I brought you a small story about the tower of Raghaba...     

Raghaba is a very small village, roughly an hours drive North West of Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. The most defining bit of architecture of Raghaba, in my eyes, was a graceful tower, reaching for the sky, with a stairway spiraling upwards inside narrowing severely at the top. Unfortunately, rains this year have brought the tower tumbling down, and the village has lost a great piece of it's history. 

I don't have any clue as to how old this tower was, but it was stunning in it's simplicity of design. One could climb up inside the tower, and light would enter through small openings that were spaced all the way up along the staircase. At the time I was there, I was only able to climb partway to the top. I had vowed that I would return to conquer the tower, but I never had the opportunity to return for that climb, and now, sadly that opportunity will never be mine. 

Grab life's gifts when they are offered, my friends. For when we wait, we may very well lose our chance. Nothing lasts forever...

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