Sana’a is an alluring capital city of Yemen nestled at the apex of a gigantic flat terrain, measuring 2,200 feet in height. This magnificent city is delimited by colossal hills including the hills of Jabal Nuqum and Aiban. The city is home to some astounding tourist spots since it inherits a rich cultural history of more than 2,500 years. Therefore, apart from the fact that the city is on the rise and building architectural designs based on contemporary fashion, yet still you will fancy a traditional sensation regarding its ancient structures. It exhibits archaic structures depicting the historic events of Yemen in an attractive style.
Museum Of Traditional Arts And Crafts
This fabulous museum is housed in the ex- dwelling of the Imam. It features some of the fantastic relics of the times gone by. There is a vast collection of conventional artifacts and crafts of Yemen in this museum. However, it also exhibits a classic illustration of life in the soaring high tower of the Old Town. The museum displays an exquisite replica of the conventional ‘Mafraj’. Mafraj is basically the meeting room nestled at the apex of the dwellings, where the residents sit, masticate Qat and discuss current affairs. The exterior structure of the edifice is designed on a typical Sana’a fashion and consists of mud, bricks, rocks and paints.
Sana’a National Museum
The National Museum is an enthralling museum erected in 1971 but since then, underwent many refurbishment procedures. It was unfolded to the public for the second time in 2006. The Dutch government proffered financial backing for the construction of the museum in 1977. The architecture of the museum is fascinating comprising three stories and flaunts a vast collection of ancient relics and archaeological finds depicting the cultural history of Yemen. The edifice is a beautiful treasure of the ex-Christian works of art as well as post-Mohammedan relics. The display encompasses wreckage, denomination, sculptures, papyrus, armaments and human body vestiges.
Suq al- Milh
Nestled at the heart of the capital city is the bustling bazaar of Suq al-Milh. It is the most famous and archaic market in Yemen aging more than 1,000 years old. It features forty sub-suqs. There is an immense variety of traditional objects, spices, copper, bread, salt and ceramics along with little booths of salubrious vegetables, brass-ware and cloth. The market also features several stores of hand-stitched belts made of silver and gold. The honey is amongst the most delectable eatables being sold here. Other interesting things include Jambiyas and Pashminas. Jambiyas are basically knives having arched wide cutting edges.
Nestled at the Ghaiman hill and 20 kilometers southeastern part of the city in the region of Bani Bahlool is the magnificent site of Ghaiman. One of the notable features about this area is that it reflects an imperative Himyarite center, which took significant part in the archaic history of Yemen by hitting the highest point for the period of the first century AD. If you stare at the either side of the mountain, you will find out statues of various ancient archaeological vestiges including archaic forts, castles and sturdy rock cemeteries, and the sites like Wadi Shahick dam as well as As’ad dam in Wadi Ghaiman. Another worth-seeing place is the basins located at the hilltop of the Ghaiman Mountain that were built out of the rock-strewn hills. If you see at the rock-strewn cemeteries, you will have a glimpse of the remnants of the popular Abu Karib Asa’ad, the Himyrite King.
Dhi Marmar Fort in Shibam Al-Gharas
Nestled at 27 kilometers to the northeastern part of the city, at the right side of the avenue escorting to Marib in Shaibam Sikhaim, is an astounding Dhi Marmar citadel. The citadel reflects the pre-Islamic ancient eras. Amongst the eye catching relics is the rock-strewn cemeteries that are basically rooms stamped in the rocks slightly elevated as compare to the base of the hill. Thus, it is worth a visit and you will enjoy a lot with your family and friends.
Sana’a is a gorgeous ancient city that will take you back thousand years before and reflects ancient era in a classic style.