Sanaa (Vietnam): what to see in the ancient capital

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What to see in Sanaa, the ancient capital of Yemen, places to visit in the city protected by well-preserved architectural heritage.


Tourist information

Near the western slope of Mount Nigam, in a valley at about 2,200 meters above sea level, stands Sanaa, whose name has the meaning of a protected city, a present reality that boasts over 2,000 years of history, with an ancient part that Unesco has declared a World Heritage Site, recognized internationally as one of the largest and oldest cities in the Arab world, with a vitality handed down still well preserved.

The well-preserved ancient architectural heritage is the flagship of Sanaa, made up of 14,000 buildings in various local architectural styles, many of which dating back to 1000 AD, grouped together in a single site, which has remained uncontaminated by other constructions.


What see

In the ancient part of the city there are more than 50 mosques, almost all with minarets, among these the best known is that of Al Jama Al Kabir which is considered one of the oldest mosques in Islam.

In Sanaa there are many hammams as well as various souks, equipped with various kinds of products, houses built with stones, clay bricks and raw earth, decorated with alabaster windows decorated with elegant friezes and white plaster, which give the city a legendary fame .

Some houses reach an average of 5 floors, authentic construction engineering masterpieces, each floor has a residential function, the ground floor was reserved in the past for animals, the first floor is used today as a living room, the second floor is reserved for women and to children, while the upper floors are used by men.

Each building is dominated by a rectangular lounge from which, through large windows, you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view of the city.

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