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Old City, Sanaa

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Step back in time and explore the World Heritage Site of Old City, the historic district of Yemen’s capital city, known for its distinctive architectural style and marked by picturesque old tower-houses. Made out of rammed earth, all of the multiple-story houses, mosques, and bathhouses have stood for more than 1,000 years, and boast intricate carvings, detailed lacy decorations, and stained glass windows. Get lost in the lively narrow streets and verdant courtyards of the old city, fringed by partially preserved ancient walls, or roam the stalls of the bustling marketplace, which offers traditional handicrafts and aromatic spices. Put Old City on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sanaa trip planner .
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  • September 21, 2017
    Great great great. No other words...architecture is simply amazing, all mud houses very well preseved, make the repetitive view a really spectacular one. The bazaars, alleys, yemeni style dressed peop...  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    the cold city is great it was about to be considered as one of world wonder seek gold especially jawes gold stones and may be herbs  more »
  • September 6, 2017
    a city abandoned to its destiny of war but that conserfva its charm intact, with the buildings and the streets full of suk
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With a clear divide between the old and new districts of the city of Sanaa, visitors will find a selection of accommodation options in each. Prices tend to be more reasonable in the new district, with many mid range hotels offering well serviced facilities within walking distance to the more charming old district. For a more luxurious stay on your Sanaa vacation, a handful of 4 star premium hotels are scattered both in and out of the old district, although all are fairly close to the city center.
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