Southwest of the Arabian Peninsula, Yemen is a country whose history is lost in the mists of time and where you can stumble upon the roots of Arabic culture. Cities tale, open landscapes and legendary hospitality make up the geography of Yemen.
Sign in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, is an unforgettable experience. We are more than 2500 meters of altitude and the pitiless sun beats the arid hills surrounding the city. Only a small strip of green crops and some orchards dot the prevailing buff …
The traveler wonders how, amidst so much devastation, these buildings can rise up of basalt and mud up to ten floors, decorated with beautiful latticework and filigree of alabaster and limestone.
The city lies at the foot of YEBLES Nuqum, a mass of 3237 meters to monitor the comings and goings of the residents of Sanaa, whose population has reached in recent years 1300000 inhabitants. Legend has it that this amazing city was founded by Shem, one of the sons of Noah, after being shown the exact spot for a bird.
Sanaa’s old buildings has more than four centuries old. To take your pulse is worth lost their intricate streets and submerged in the souks of Al-or Al-Baqr Milho provided in the vicinity of one of the main city gates.
One of the most fascinating areas of Yemen is the province of Marib, which was the famous Queen of Sheba. Although for centuries it was an oasis in the last millennium Marib has been invaded by the desert for the most part. This is a region of wide horizons in which there are still some conflicts with certain tribes, it is possible that if we move into the area, Yemeni government put at our disposal a military escort.
The wild attraction of Marib is a spectacular combination of evocative ruins, such as those of the same or Safia Marib, with a captivating environment, dominated by cliffs, dunes and mountains. Here live only a few farmers who profit from the land dates and vegetables primarily for subsistence, plus a ferocious breed bees that produce the best honey on the planet. There are Bedouin tribes still live a nomadic, the compass of the irregular growth of grasses and engaged in periodic skirmishes between clans.
The valley of Wadi Hadramaut is one of the most fertile areas of Yemen. The tributaries of the Hadramaut, in fact a huge ravine irregular channels, provide enough water to grow a large variety of vegetables, fruit trees, palms and qat.
With 7,000 inhabitants, Shibam, which was founded in the third century, is the oldest city in this region. As in Sanaa, the buildings are constructed on a stone base and high multi-storey brick limed. A history of the lake, exercised Shibam Yemen’s capital, the importance that justifies the long wall that surrounds the city.
In Say’un can find one of the most striking buildings in Wadi Hadramaut, the Sultan’s palace. A giant white ten plants that contrast with the brown gullies formed by the “wad.” Say’un, populated by 30,000 inhabitants, owes its prosperity to its historic location in the center of a crossroads of caravan.
This locality is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of the country, the tomb of Ahmad ibn Isa Al-Muhaya, a spiritual leader of the tenth century whose memory is revered by thousands of Yemenis.
Tarim, with its palaces of Indonesian mud inspiration, is another of the sites that deserve a quiet visit. Surrounded by cliffs and palm plantations, Tarim offers travelers a spectacular architecture, as shown by the Al-Muhdar whose slender minaret rises to a burning blue sky. Important spiritual center, Tarim has 365 mosques, as many as the year has days.
Visiting Yemen is becoming easier. Since unification, the Yemeni government has made significant efforts to attract tourists, throwing his hand overwhelming natural environment and its magnificent historical legacy.
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