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Old City of Sanaa, Sanaa
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Step back in time and explore the World Heritage Site of Old City of Sanaa, 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. To visit Old City of Sanaa and get the most from your holiday in Sanaa, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sanaa trip itinerary planner.
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  • My parents, my sister and I stayed in Sanaa for 5 -6 years back in the 90's. I was really young at that time, but I remember Sanaa very very clearly. We went to the Embassy School in Sana'a where my m...  more »
  • SANAA is not a museum. Also see not very clear lanes. But this fragile beauty. Walk the streets at night is just magical. It is THE city of a thousand and one nights. The floors are dotted with multicolored stained-glass windows. These are the mafraj, huge room where men gather in chewing, quiet, the qat. I've known this beautiful country in peacetime. I wanted to report it.
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  • I lived in Sana'a, first in the district at-Tabari and then right in the old town, for three months. A city suspended in a dreamy, slow but steady pace. A thousand faces and colors, a thousand mosques but also a thousand smells. The great mosque, Bab al Yemen with the ginger, the big market, a wedding where I was invited, the kiosk of fruit pressed near Tahrir square at-traffic via Az-Zubayr, the monsoon that every afternoon was rain, the wadi al Sailah who regularly it flooded. Still a reminder, altitude (2,000 meters), which imposed an acclimatization.
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