|UNESCO #385 - Old City of Sana'a - YEMEN|
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sana'a - YEMEN - UNESCO #385
My first cards from Yemen! This two amazing cards show the old city of Sana'a one of the oldest populated places in the world, founded by Noah son the legend say, famous for its multi-storey adobe buildings decorated with geometric patterns and home of the first mosque ever built outside Mecca. Thank you very much Mohammad, getting this two cards really made my day. My UNESCO collection grows to 326 WHS, only 655 to finish. This postcards took 23 days to arrive!
Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site.