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Bab al-Yemen, Sanaa

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See the former southern gate of the Sana fortress at Bab al-Yemen, which today represents a bustling part of the city popular mainly among shoppers. The first version of the gate was built over a thousand years ago, but today's incarnation was constructed by the Turks in the 17th century. While mingling with hundreds of locals and tourists, pay attention to the gate's architecture and design, characteristic of Yemen. You can find all kinds of goods sold at the small market here--from fruits, spices, and different grains, to clothes, handmade dishes, and jewelry. Put Bab al-Yemen at the forefront of your travel plans using our Sanaa trip generator.
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  • This was certainly the door of heaven for the distant traveler, so there are shops, world, perfumes, spices and incense. What Alchemy!
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  • Translate differently, but the architecture and beauty of East Gate gives them a grandeur and something special! Can be translated as Gates in Yemen. The mere beauty and antiquity, their relevance for the city and for the country. Wonderful and uplifting when you find them.
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  • SANAA is a timeless town architecture found nowhere else on Earth. Bab al yemen is one of the main access to the old souk, is very frequent and shopping. (visited 3/2011) The streets are littered shops offering fabrics, perfumes, handicrafts and gold. It's a place atypical and alive. We live there at the time of the prayer and the oldest mosque in the city
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  • Fantastic place to visit. It is traditional market. I was here in 2007 you can by a lot of good stuff here. I love the atmosphere and the old building.
  • nice place to visit - pity that nowadays is not really the place to be . hope one day peace and tourists will be back
  • old city door this city has an amazing infrastructure ,bulidings are so amazing every time i come to saana'a i go to old city and enjoy walking around the city and especially i visit saooq almaleh where you can find the best quality of jambiyas and spices and cloths and other stuff
  • Very busy and a good place to buy cheap goods. They even have an art museum with a roof top to view over the surrounding area.
  • If you get the chance to visit Yemen; don't miss the old city of Sana'a