SANA’A – صنعاء
The capital of the Republic of Yemen is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
Sana’a has a population of approximately 1,748,000 (2010) making it Yemen’s largest city.
The old city of Sana’a, which is included on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, has a distinctive visual character due its unique architectural characteristics, most notably expressed in its multi-story buildings decorated with geometric patterns. The buildings indeed represent an incredible combination of Yemeni styles, often built with dark stones of basalt, bricks and mud. The windows of the external walls are decorated with alabaster ‘glass’, elaborated friezes and plastered with white gypsum.
The historical value of the city shows itself through well over 14,000 buildings, many of which dated back to 1000 CE.
From the city centre, a traveller can walk half a kilometre in any direction without seeing a single modern building, discovering a labyrinth of streets and districts still largely separated according to trade.
In the old town’s great Souq, one can find everything, beautiful jewels, shining clothes, fragrant incense and a wide variety of aromatic spices, not forgetting the legendary Jambiya, the curved dagger, symbol of honour and virility for every Yemeni man. Sana’a, the old city, with more than 50 mosques, minarets, luxurious gardens, hammams (public baths) and its unique souq (market), is the first jewel of Yemen and starting point for an incredible trip in this legendary land.