Yemen (Sana’a, Shibam, Haraz Mountains)
(WARNING TRAVELLING TO YEMEN IS NOT ADVISED AT THIS TIME BECAUSE OF POLITICAL UNREST)
Yemen, located on the Arabic Peninsula, is an Islamic nation with tonnes of history as well as historical significance. However, it is often overshadowed by other middle eastern nations like Egypt, UAE and Israel because they have become more “tourist friendly” and more well known. But places like Sana’a and Shibam are two very important cities when it comes to architecture. Both cities are UNESCO sites. Sana’a, the capital, is a UNESCO site because of its multi-story buildings which have different geometric patterns as decoration. To me, they kind of look like gingerbread houses! Shibam on the other-hand, is sometimes considered “the oldest skyscraper city in the world” and has some of the tallest mud buildings in the world. The Haraz Mountains also offer breathtaking views and allow tourists to take a step back in time to see how the traditional Yemenite people live. The town of Al-Hajjerah is perched nicely on the edge of a cliff and offers great views and pictures! I really would love to visit Yemen and hope that its unrest will end soon so that nothing happens to this hidden gem!
First Photo by: twiga_swala
Second Photo by: fallschirmhosen (sourced)
Third Photo by:ana_71061
Fourth Photo by:©haddock