Exploring the magical beauty of Yemen

Yemen is a country located in West Asia, with the unspoiled landscape which provokes curiosity for those who love exploration.

Ancient Yemen will make many visitors must be surprised and somewhat scary when the weapons here are used freely. The technological age has developed but in Yemen, visitors will see tribes appear and they are not affected by visitors.

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Sanaa city

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Sanaa is the capital of Yemen, famous for its unique tower architecture and charming scenery, recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. Located at 2,300m above sea level, Sanaa is the largest city of Yemen. The buildings in this city are built in a separate architectural style, decorated with typical geometric motifs. Sanaa city is built from mud, water, and fire. The most interesting sights in Sanaa are tall buildings, ancient castles built of bricks and stones and small towns built on cliffs.

Dar Al Hajar stone palace

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Dar Al Hajar is the famous stone architecture of Yemen. The palace was built about 1000 years ago and is a great attraction for tourists. The stone palace is single on a 20m-high rocky mountain, in Wadi Dhahr, south of Sanaa, Yemen. For a long time, the stone palace was destroyed and repaired many times, and the biggest restoration was in the 17th century. It was this work that contributed to the capital of Sanaa becoming a world hesitage site for unique tower architecture and long history.

Al Saleh Mosque

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This is the largest and most modern mosque on the southern outskirts of the city. Al Saleh Mosque was inaugurated in November 2008 by President Ali Abdullah Saleh, so it was named after him. At the same time, this is also one of the key tourist destinations in Yemen with a total area of over 27,300m2, of which the hall of the center is 13,596m2 with a capacity of 44,000 people.

Socotra Islands

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Socotra Islands is one of the world's unique conservation areas. Was recognized as a World Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 2008. Socotra is one of the four major archipelagos of the Indian Ocean, with more than 800 unique plant and animal species on Earth. One of the most unique plants is the dragon blood tree (Dracaena Cinnabar).

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Another great tree is known as the "desert rose" (Adenium Obesium), with its glamorous shape and strong vitality stretches out on gravel-filled land. This tree also blooms giant roses in April every year. In particular, the trunk is a place to store precious water for this semi-desert climate. The tree can reach a height of 5 meters with a diameter of 3 meters.

Bab al-Yemen gate

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Bab al-Yemen gate that leads to the ancient Sanaa citadel in the south built by the Turks in the 17th century is one of the most ornate buildings in Yemen. Tourists who want to go to Ma’bar or Dhamar must pass through this gate, so it is always crowded at day and night.

Aden mall

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Aden mall is the only shopping center in Yemen, so it is often crowded, with both locals and tourists. However, most of the items here mainly serve Muslims. Visitors can take a private taxi around the city for sightseeing, remember to pay the price before boarding the car or it will be trouble.

By: Joshua Thompson

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