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يقع هذا السد بأعلى وادي ليه من ضواحي مدينة الطائف على مسافة 35كم جنوبي المدينة , وهو سد اثري قديم من المرجح أن يكون قد تم بناؤه في الفترة السابقة لظهور الإسلام وعلى بعض صخوره كتابات كوفيه مبكرة ولا تزال معظم جوانبه قائمه ويتميز السد بضخامته حيث يبلغ طوله حوالي 200 متر وعرضه 10 أمتار وهو يدل على فن العمارة والتشييد لدى القبائل العربية قديما
Al Samallaqi Dam: This dam is situated in the outskirts of Taif about 35km south of the city. It was built on the upper part of Wadi Liyyah. It is an old dam. Which might have been built even before the Islamic period. Early Arabic Kufic inscriptions are engraved on the rocks of the dam. Most of the dam is still very well preserved. It is 200 m long and 10m wide and represents a typical architectural and constructions skill of the old Arabian tribes.
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