Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sana'a, Yemen

Yemen-1, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

Sana'a is the capital of Yemen and the center of San‘a’ Governorate. It is Yemen's largest city.
The old fortified city of Sana'a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years, and contains a wealth of intact architectural gems. It was declared a World Heritage City by the United Nations in 1986. Efforts are underway to preserve some of the oldest buildings, some of which are over 400 years old. Surrounded by ancient clay walls which stand 6–9 metres (20–30 ft) high, the old city boasts over 100 mosques, 12 hammams (baths) and 6,500 houses. Many of the houses resemble ancient skyscrapers, reaching several stories high and topped with flat roofs. They are decorated with elaborate friezes and intricately carved frames and stained glass windows.


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