Travel Sana'a City in Yemen Tourist Attractions

Sana'a is the capital of Yemen and the center of the Governorate of Sana'a, however the city is not part of the government, but is a separate administrative district of "Al-Asemah Amanat".

Sana'a is one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. At an altitude of 2,300 meters is also one of the highest capital cities in the world. Sana'a has a population of approximately 1.748 million (2010) making it the largest city of Yemen. The ancient city of Sana'a, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a distinctive visual due to its unique architecture, especially as expressed in its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric motifs.

The old walled city has been inhabited for over 2,500 years and contains a wealth of intact architectural gems. It was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1986. Efforts are underway to preserve some of the older buildings, some of whom, like the Samsarh and the Great Mosque of Sana'a, more than 1400 years old. Surrounded by ancient clay walls which stand 14.9 meters high, the old town contains more than 100 mosques, 12 hammams (baths) and the homes of 6,500.

Many of the houses look like ancient skyscrapers, reaching several stories high and topped with flat roofs. They are decorated with friezes and elaborate carved frames and stained glass.
One of the most popular attractions is the Suq al-Milh (Salt Market), where you can buy not only salt but also bread, spices, raisins, cotton, copper, ceramics, jewelry and antiques . The majestic seventh century Jami 'al-Kabir (Grand Mosque) is one of the oldest in the Muslim world. Bab al-Yaman (Yemen Gate) is an iconized entry point through the walls of the city and more than 1000 years.
A commercial area of ​​the old city is Al Madina, where development is advancing rapidly. Besides the three large hotels, there are numerous shops and restaurants. The area also contains three parks and the President's palace.

"The budda min Sana" (Sana'a must be seen) are the first famous words attributed to Imam Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (768-820), who visited the former capital repeatedly.

Many of the travelers in the old days were impressed by the beauty of Sana'a. Known Yemeni geographer and historian Hamdani marveled at the cleanliness of the city:
"Housing does not have at least one well or two, a garden and long cesspits separate, vacuum droppings, odor or smell bad, because the hard concrete (adobe and rammed earth, probably) and a fine grazing and clean places to walk. "
The Persian traveler Ibn Rustah, a contemporary of al-Hamdani, said his food:
"It is the city of Yemen - which is not ... a big city, most populous and prosperous, noble origin or more delicious food is ..."




Sana'a old city view, photo by: Island Spice, used under Creative Commons License(By ND 2.0)File:Sanaa.JPGFile:Bab Al Yemen Sanaa Yemen.jpg

the Great Mosque of Sana'a

Salt Market , Suq al-Milh

The Bāb al-Yaman (Yemen Gate)

The majestic 7th-century Jami' al-Kabir

 
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