Nov 9, 2010

Beautiful Sana'a

Sana'a; maybe the most beautiful city in the worldSana'a; in my opinion it's one of the most beautiful cities in th world. Its old buildings are really beautiful and wonderful.
Sana'a is the capital of Yemen and the centre of San‘a’ Governorate. Sana'a is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
The old fortified city 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 1400 years old like the Samsarh or the old Mosque. Surrounded by ancient clay walls which stand 9–14 metres (30–46 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.
See also: Imam Yahya's palace, darel hacer, Al Hajjara, Houses of Al Hajarah

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