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The Iconic Figure Of The Queen of Sheba

When King Solomon received the wisdom that God has bestowed upon him, he became famous and so does his kingdom. The thirst of wisdom led him to discoveries of variety of things including his desire for women. He was known to have marriages to different women of royal bloodlines from different kingdoms but not neglecting his leadership to his people.

Such popularity reached the kingdom of the Queen of Sheba who is in her own possesses such wit and intelligence as a ruler of her kingdom that is rich in gold, incense due to trades. Magnetized by King Solomon’s wisdom she and her servants went to King Solomon. She offered the king all the rich gifts in exchange of wisdom from the king.

However, human as they are, there were beliefs that it is very possible that the two had an affair. I guess having such intelligence and wit, a person can have such charisma and magnetism. There are still debates pertaining to the topic of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba of whether they had such an affair and whether it was the Queen of Sheba who is referred by Solomon in the book of Song of songs from the Old Testament.

However, the Queen of Sheba is already a ruler in her own right. The wisdom of King Solomon as a leader is an attraction for the queen. It is also possible that the King and the Queen were merely discussing affairs of their states. However, such intelligence and wit can be the basis of admiration and probably infatuation.

In the end the two leaders separated ways. For reality still is, they have different kingdoms that they have to rule and lead. Different lives they are bound to live. The Queen of Sheba together with her servants went back to her kingdom.

The Queen of Sheba has been very popular though very little is known about her. There are still debates of her origins and bloodlines. Her kingdom was believed to have been very strategic with respect to location. Though there are discussions of where her kingdom is, archeological findings of the Queen of Sheba’s palace were discovered in the Dhofar region of Oman. It is called Sumhuram.

Sumhuram was known as the greatest city of Southeast Arabia during 1000BC. The port was strategically built and its location paved the success of frankincense trade route from Arabia to Jerusalem to Alexandria and even to Rome. Having such powerful kingdom and the frankincense route, the kings and queens of Sheba protect and control their incense together with Yemen who controlled myrrh of Yemen. The frankincense routes were watered from places with zigzagging approach  across Arabia as implemented by the Queen of Sheba due to the advise of King Solomon. This is to protect the frankincense routes and trades. Powerful as these trades as the bags of frankincense can reach India and even China.

All such discoveries were uncovered by archeologists and the site was first excavated by Wendell Philipps, the American who first dig the site in Dhofar region.

Could it be that wisdom of King Solomon helped the Queen of Sheba protect her trades and kingdom?

As the helping of kingdoms and affairs of states, were the two leaders actually had such affection for each other?

Leaders as they are, they are still humans with feelings and emotions. They have kingdoms to rule, lives to live, culture and religion to follow. Such amount of responsibilities entails sacrifices and compromises.

I salute the Queen of Sheba as the ruler of her kingdom and the successful trades and frankincense routes. She’s a powerful figure yet remained unnoticed and hidden.

I was privileged to visit the place of Khor Rori, the archeological place which is known the be the palace of the Queen of Sheba. Together with my brother and his buddy, we drove towards the excavation site which is located between Wadi Attair and Wadi Dirbat during my Salalah visit last December 2010. The place is preserved and until today birds such as flamingos, herons and gulls can be seen.

The strategic port location of Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.

Nikon D200. Exposure 1/640. F/13.0. Focal 17 mm. ISO 400.



Birds of Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.

Nikon D200. Exposure 1/640. F/13.0. Focal 300 mm. ISO 400.



Birds of Sumhuram. Using telefoto lens. Salalah Oman. December 2010.

Nikon D200. 1/400. F/10.0. Focal 300 mm. ISO 400.


Overlooking the sea. The Port opening and location. Sumhuram Salalah Oman. December 2010.

Nikon D200. 1/640. F/13.0. Focal 17mm. ISO 400.



Khor Rori archeological site. Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.


The storehouses and gate. Sumhuram. Salalh Oman. December 2010.


The storehouses and gate. Sumhuram. Salalh Oman. December 2010.


The ruins of monumental building. Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.


The residential area of Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.


My brother Pat and his buddy Kuya Bong at Khor Rori archeological site. Salalah Oman. December 2010.


Me with my brother at Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.


Enjoying my archeological visit to Sumhuram. Salalah Oman. December 2010.

The story of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba have always been famous and I have constantly listens to it even when I was still a child.

I wonder sometimes if the two leaders had an affection for each other, letting go must have caused some pains.

I guess saying goodbye to the person that you care about has always never been easy.



Til next time. Au revoir.



– Bradt Travel Guides – Oman

– The Queen of Sheba by Michael Wood – BBC History UK



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