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(Arabic: صنعاء‎ Ṣan‘ā’ pronounced [sˤɑnʕaːʔ], Yemeni Arabic: [ˈsˤɑnʕɑ]), also spelled Sanaa or Sana, is the largest city in Yemen
and the centre of Sana'a
Governorate. The city is not part of the Governorate, but forms the separate administrative district of "Amanat Al-Asemah". Under the Yemeni constitution, Sana'a
is the capital of the country,[1] although the seat of the internationally recognised government moved to Aden
in the aftermath of the 2014–15 Yemeni coup d'état. Aden
was declared as the temporary capital by President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi
in March 2015.[2] Sana'a
is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. At an elevation of 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), it is also one of the highest capital cities in the world. Sana'a
has a population of approximately 3,937,500 (2012), making it Yemen's largest city. The Old City of Sana'a, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site, has a distinctive architectural character, most notably expressed in its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric patterns. In the conflict that raged in 2015, bombs hit UNESCO
sites.[3][4] Located here is the Al Saleh Mosque, the largest in the city.


1 History

1.1 Ancient period 1.2 Islamic era 1.3 Ottoman era 1.4 North Yemen
period 1.5 Contemporary era

2 Geography and climate

2.1 Districts 2.2 Climate

3 Culture

3.1 Old City 3.2 Sports

4 Demographics

4.1 Jewish community

5 Economy 6 Transport 7 See also 8 References 9 Further reading 10 External links

History[edit] See also: Timeline of Sana'a Ancient period[edit] Sana'a
is one of the oldest populated places in the world. According to popular legend, it was founded by Shem, the son of Noah.[5][6][7] It was known as "Azal" in ancient times, which has been connected to Uzal, a son of Qahtan, a great-grandson of Shem, in the biblical accounts of Genesis.[8] Its name is related to the Sabaic
word for "well-fortified",[9] a name that echoes the meaning of the Ethiopian name—recorded in a Syriac account as Auzalites—the city held in the 6th century.[8] The Arab
historian al-Hamdani wrote that Sana'a
was walled by the Sabeans under their ruler Sha'r Awtar, who also arguably built the Ghumdan Palace
Ghumdan Palace
in the city. Because of its location, Sana'a
has served as an urban center for the surrounding tribes of the region and as a nucleus of regional trade in southern Arabia. It was positioned at the crossroad of two major ancient trade routes linking Ma'rib
in the east to the Red Sea
Red Sea
in the west.[7] When King Yousef Athar (or Dhu Nuwas), the last of the Himyarite kings, was in power, Sana'a
was also the capital of the Ethiopian viceroys. Islamic era[edit]

The Sana'a
palimpsest, found in Sana'a
in 1972, is one of the oldest Quranic manuscripts in existence.

From the dawn of Islam (ca. 622 CE) until the founding of independent sub-states in many parts of the Yemen
Islamic Caliphate, Sana'a persisted as the governing seat. The Caliph's deputy ran the affairs of one of Yemen's three Makhalifs: Mikhlaf Sana'a, Mikhlaf al-Janad and Mikhlaf Hadhramaut. The city of Sana'a
regularly regained an important status and all Yemenite States competed to control it. Imam al-Shafi'i, the 8th-century Islamic jurist and founder of the Shafi'i
school of jurisprudence, visited Sana'a
several times. He praised the city, writing La budda min Ṣanʻāʼ, or " Sana'a
must be seen." In the 9th–10th centuries, the Yemeni geographer al-Hamdani took note of the city's cleanliness, saying "The least dwelling there has a well or two, a garden and long cesspits separate from each other, empty of ordure, without smell or evil odors, because of the hard concrete (adobe and cob, probably) and fine pastureland and clean places to walk." Later in the 10th-century, the Persian geographer Ibn Rustah wrote of Sana'a
"It is the city of Yemen
— there cannot be found ... a city greater, more populous or more prosperous, of nobler origin or with more delicious food than it." In 1062 Sana'a
was taken over by the Sulayhid dynasty led by Ali al-Sulayhi and his wife, the popular Queen Asma. He made the city capital of his relatively small kingdom, which also included the Haraz Mountains. The Sulayhids were aligned with the Ismaili Muslim-leaning Fatimid Caliphate
Fatimid Caliphate
of Egypt, rather than the Baghdad-based Abbasid Caliphate which most of Arabia
followed. Al-Sulayhi ruled for about 20 years but he was assassinated by his principal local rivals, the Zabid-based Najahids. Following his death, al-Sulayhi's daughter, Arwa al-Sulayhi, inherited the throne. She withdrew from Sana'a, transferring the Sulayhid capital to Jibla, where she ruled much of Yemen
from 1067 to 1138. As a result of the Sulayhid departure, the Hamdanid
dynasty took control of Sana'a.[10] In 1173 Saladin, the Ayyubid
sultan of Egypt, sent his brother Turan-Shah on an expedition to conquer Yemen. The Ayyubids gained control of Sana'a
in 1175 and united the various Yemeni tribal states, except for the northern mountains controlled by the Zaydi
imams, into one entity.[10] The Ayyubids switched the country's official religious allegiance to the Sunni Muslim
Sunni Muslim
Abbasids. During the reign of the Ayyubid
emir Tughtekin ibn Ayyub, the city underwent significant improvements. These included the incorporation of the garden lands on the western bank of the Sa'ilah, known as Bustan al-Sultan, where the Ayyubids built one of their palaces.[11] Despite Sana'a's strategic position, the Ayyubids chose Ta'izz
as their capital while Aden
was their principal income-producing city. While the Rasulids controlled most of Yemen, followed by their successors the Tahirids, Sana'a
largely remained in the political orbit of the Zaydi
imams from 1323 to 1454 and outside the former two dynasties' rule.[12] The Mamelukes
arrived in Yemen
in 1517. Ottoman era[edit] The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
entered Yemen
in 1538 when Suleiman the Magnificent was Sultan.[13] Under the military leadership of Özdemir Pasha, the Ottomans conquered Sana'a
in 1547.[12] With Ottoman approval, European captains based in the Yemeni port towns of Aden
and Mocha frequented Sana'a
to maintain special privileges and capitulations for their trade. In 1602 the local Zaydi
imams led by Imam al-Mu'ayyad reasserted their control over the area,[13] and forced out Ottoman troops in 1629. Although the Ottomans fled during al-Mu'ayyad's reign, his predecessor al-Mansur al-Qasim had vastly weakened the Ottoman army in Sana'a
and Yemen.[12] Consequently, European traders were stripped of their previous privileges.[13] The Zaydi
imams maintained their rule over Sana'a
until the mid 19th-century, when the Ottomans relaunched their campaign to control the region. In 1835, Ottoman troops arrived on the Yemeni coast under the guise of Muhammad Ali of Egypt's troops.[13] They did not capture Sana'a
until 1872, when their troops led by Ahmed Muhtar Pasha
Ahmed Muhtar Pasha
entered the city.[12] The Ottoman Empire
Ottoman Empire
instituted the Tanzimat
reforms throughout the lands they governed. In Sana'a, city planning was initiated for the first time, new roads were built, and schools and hospitals were established. The reforms were rushed by the Ottomans in order to solidify their control of Sana'a
to compete with an expanding Egypt, British influence in Aden and imperial Italian and French influence along the coast of Somalia, particularly in the towns of Djibouti
and Berbera. The modernization reforms in Sana'a
were still very limited, however.[14] North Yemen

Dar al-Hajar, the residence of Imam Yahya
Imam Yahya
in the Wādī Ẓahr (وادى ظهر) near Sana'a

In 1904, as Ottoman influence was waning in Yemen, Imam Yahya
Imam Yahya
of the Zaydi
imams took power in Sana'a. In a bid to secure North Yemen's independence, Yahya embarked on a policy of isolationism, avoiding international and Arab
world politics, cracking down on embryonic liberal movements, not contributing to the development of infrastructure in Sana'a
and elsewhere and closing down the Ottoman girls' school. As a consequence of Yahya's measures, Sana'a increasingly became a center of anti-government organization and intellectual revolt.[14] In the 1930s, several organizations opposing or demanding reform of the Zaydi
imamate sprung up in the city, particularly Fatat al-Fulayhi, a group of various Yemeni Muslim scholars based in Sana'a's Fulayhi Madrasa, and Hait al-Nidal ("Committee of the Struggle.") By 1936 most of the leaders of these movements were imprisoned. In 1941 another group based in the city, the Shabab al-Amr bil-Maruf wal-Nahian al-Munkar, called for a nahda ("renaissance") in the country as well as the establishment of a parliament with Islam being the instrument of Yemeni revival. Yahya largely repressed the Shabab and most of its leaders were executed following his son, Imam Ahmad's inheritance of power in 1948.[14] That year, Sana'a
was replaced with Ta'izz
as capital following Ahmad's new residence there. Most government offices followed suit. A few years later, most of the city's Jewish population emigrated to Israel.[15] Ahmad began a process of gradual economic and political liberalization, but by 1961 Sana'a
was witnessing major demonstrations and riots demanding quicker reform and change. Pro-republican officers in the North Yemeni military sympathetic of Gamal Abdel Nasser
Gamal Abdel Nasser
of Egypt's government and pan-Arabist policies staged a coup overthrowing the Imamate government in September 1962, a week after Ahmad's death.[14] Sana'a's role as capital was restored afterward. [15] Neighboring Saudi Arabia
opposed this development and actively supported North Yemen's rural tribes, pitting large parts of the country against the urban and largely pro-republican inhabitants of Sana'a.[14] The North Yemen
Civil War resulted in the destruction of some parts of the city's ancient heritage and continued until 1968 when a deal between the republicans and the royalists was reached,[15] establishing a presidential system. Instability in Sana'a
continued due to continuing coups and political assassinations until the situation in the country stabilized in the late 1970s.[14] British writer Jonathan Raban
Jonathan Raban
visited in the 1970s and described the city as fortress-like, its architecture and layout resembling a labyrinth", further noting "It was like stepping out into the middle of a vast pop-up picturebook. Away from the street, the whole city turned into a maze of another kind, a dense, jumbled alphabet of signs and symbols." Contemporary era[edit]

Al Saleh Mosque

Attabari Elementary School, Old City of Sana'a

Following the unification of Yemen, Sana'a
was designated capital of the new Republic of Yemen. It houses the presidential palace, the parliament, the supreme court and the country's government ministries. The largest source of employment is provided by the governmental civil service. Due to massive rural immigration, Sana'a
has grown far outside its Old City, but this has placed a huge strain on the city's underdeveloped infrastructure and municipal services, particularly water.[14] Sana'a
was chosen as the 2004 Arab
Cultural Capital by the Arab League. In 2008, the Al Saleh Mosque
Al Saleh Mosque
was completed. It holds over 40,000 worshipers. In 2011, Sana'a, as the Yemeni capital, was the center of the Yemeni Revolution in which President Ali Abdullah Saleh
Ali Abdullah Saleh
was ousted. Between May and November, the city was a battleground, in what became known as the 2011 Battle of Sana'a. On 21 May 2012, Sana'a
was attacked by a suicide bomber, resulting in the deaths of 120 soldiers. On 21 September 2014, during the Houthi insurgency, the Houthis
seized control of Sana'a. On 12 June 2015, Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen
destroyed historic houses in the center of the capital. A UNESCO
World Heritage site was severely damaged.[16] On 8 October 2016, Saudi-led airstrikes targeted a hall in Sana'a where a funeral was taking place. At least 140 people were killed and about 600 were wounded. After initially denying it was behind the attack, the Coalition's Joint Incidents Assessment Team admitted that it had bombed the hall but claimed that this attack had been a mistake caused by bad information.[17] On May 2017, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross an outbreak of cholera killed 115 people and left 8,500 ill.[18] In late 2017, another Battle of Sana'a
broke out between the Houthis
and forces loyal to former President Saleh, who was killed. Geography and climate[edit] Districts[edit] Generally, Sana'a
is divided into two parts: the Old City District ("al-Qadeemah") and the new city ("al-Jadid.") The former is much smaller and retains the city's ancient heritage and mercantile way-of-living while the latter is an urban sprawl with many suburbs and modern buildings. The newer parts of the city were largely developed in the 1960s and onward when Sana'a
was chosen as the republican capital.[15] The following are the list of districts in the city:

New City

Al Wahdah District As Sabain District Assafi'yah District At Tahrir District Ath'thaorah District Az'zal District Bani Al Harith District Ma'ain District Shu'aub District

The 1,000-year-old Bab Al- Yemen
(the Gate of Yemen) at the centre of the old town.

Old City

Old City District

Climate[edit] Sana'a
features the very rare mild version of a semi-arid climate (Köppen: BSk).[19] Sana'a
sees on average 265 mm (10.43 in) of precipitation per year. However, due to its high elevation, temperatures are much more moderate than many other cities on the Arabian Peninsula; average temperatures remain relatively constant throughout the year in Sana'a, with its coldest month being January and its warmest month July. The city seldom experiences extreme heat or cold. However, some areas around the city can see temperatures fall to around −9 °C (16 °F) or −7 °C (19 °F) during winter. Frost usually occurs in the early winter mornings, and there is a slight wind chill in the city at elevated areas that causes the cold mornings to be bitter, including low humidity. The sun warms the city to the high 15–20 °C (59–68 °F) and low 21–26 °C (70–79 °F) during the noontime but it drops drastically as night falls in. The city experiences many microclimates from district to district because of its location in the Sana'a
basin and uneven elevations throughout the city. Summers are warm and can cool rapidly at night, especially after rainfall. Sana'a
receives half of its annual rainfall during the months of July and August. Rainfall amounts vary from year to year; some years could see 500–600 mm (20–24 inches) of rainfall, while others can barely get 150 mm (5.9 inches). High temperatures have increased slightly during the summer over the past few years, however, low temperatures and winter temperatures have dramatically fallen over the same period.

Climate data for Sanaa, Yemen

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °C (°F) 30 (86) 31 (88) 32 (90) 32 (90) 37 (99) 39 (102) 41 (106) 38 (100) 40 (104) 34 (93) 33 (91) 31 (88) 41 (106)

Average high °C (°F) 22.3 (72.1) 24.7 (76.5) 25.6 (78.1) 24.8 (76.6) 25.7 (78.3) 28.2 (82.8) 26.6 (79.9) 25.9 (78.6) 25.1 (77.2) 22.2 (72) 20.3 (68.5) 20.5 (68.9) 24.33 (75.79)

Daily mean °C (°F) 12.6 (54.7) 14.1 (57.4) 16.3 (61.3) 16.6 (61.9) 18.0 (64.4) 19.3 (66.7) 20.0 (68) 19.6 (67.3) 17.8 (64) 15.0 (59) 12.9 (55.2) 12.4 (54.3) 16.22 (61.18)

Average low °C (°F) 3.0 (37.4) 3.6 (38.5) 7.0 (44.6) 8.5 (47.3) 10.4 (50.7) 10.5 (50.9) 13.4 (56.1) 13.3 (55.9) 10.6 (51.1) 7.9 (46.2) 5.5 (41.9) 4.4 (39.9) 8.18 (46.71)

Record low °C (°F) −4 (25) −1 (30) 1 (34) 4 (39) 1 (34) 9 (48) 5 (41) 0 (32) 3 (37) 1 (34) −1 (30) −2 (28) −4 (25)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 5 (0.2) 5 (0.2) 17 (0.67) 48 (1.89) 29 (1.14) 6 (0.24) 50 (1.97) 77 (3.03) 13 (0.51) 2 (0.08) 8 (0.31) 5 (0.2) 265 (10.44)

Average rainy days 2 3 4 5 5 4 4 5 3 3 2 1 41

Average relative humidity (%) 39.3 35.8 38.5 41.1 36.0 27.2 40.1 45.5 29.9 29.0 38.1 37.7 36.5

Mean daily sunshine hours 8 8 8 9 9 8 6 7 8 9 9 8 8.1

Source #1: Climate-Data.org (altitude: 2259m),[19] Weather2Travel (rainy days, sunshine)[20]

Source #2: Climatebase.ru (humidity),[21] Voodoo Skies (records)[22]


Old City of Sana'a صنعاء

World Heritage Site

Location Yemen, Yemen

Coordinates 15°21′N 44°12′E / 15.35°N 44.2°E / 15.35; 44.2

Area 3,450 km2 (3.71×1010 sq ft)

Criteria Historic, Cultural: IV, V, VI

Reference 385

Inscription 1986 (10th Session)

Website www.sanaacity.com

Location of Sana'a

[edit on Wikidata]

See also: Culture of Yemen Old City[edit]

Night streetscene in Sana'a, Yemen

The old fortified city has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years and contains many intact architectural gems. It was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1986. Efforts are underway to preserve some of the oldest buildings some of which, such as the Samsarh and the Great Mosque of Sana'a, are more than 1,400 years old. Surrounded by ancient clay walls which stand 9–14 metres (30–46 ft) high, the Old City contains more than 100 mosques, 12 hammams (baths) and 6,500 houses. Many of the houses resemble ancient skyscrapers, reaching several stories high and topped with flat roofs. They are decorated with elaborate friezes and intricately carved frames and stained-glass windows. One of the most popular attractions is Suq al-Milh (Salt Market), where it is possible to buy salt along with bread, spices, raisins, cotton, copper, pottery, silverware, and antiques. The 7th-century Jami' al-Kabir (Great Mosque) is one of the oldest mosques in the world. The Bāb al-Yaman ( Yemen
Gate) is an iconized entry point through the city walls and is more than 1,000 years old. A commercial area of the Old City is known as Al Madina where development is proceeding rapidly. In addition to three large hotels, there are numerous stores and restaurants. The area also contains three parks and the President's palace. The National Museum of Yemen
National Museum of Yemen
is located here. Sports[edit] Football (soccer) is the most popular sport in Sana'a. The city is home to the Ali Muhesen Stadium, home of the Yemen
national football team, and is mostly used for football matches. The stadium holds 25,000 people. Demographics[edit]

People of Sana'a

A market scene in Sana'a

Year Population

1911 18,000[23]

1921 25,000[24]

1931 25,000

1940 80,000

1963 100,000

1965 110,000

1975 134,600[25]

1981 280,000

1986 427,505

1994 954,448

2001 1,590,624

2004 1,748,000 (Census-Metro[26])

2005 1,937,451[12]

The city's population growth soared from the 1960s onward as a result of mass rural migration to the city in search of employment and improved standard of living.[15] Sana'a
is the fastest growing capital city in the world with a growth rate of 7%,[27] while the growth rate of the nation as a whole is 3.2%.[28] About 10% of the population resides in the Old City, while the remainder live in the outside districts.[15] Jewish community[edit]

Yemeni Jewish family from Sana'a, ca. 1940

Jews have been present in Yemen
since the 5th century BCE and form one of the most historic Jewish diasporas.[29] In Sana'a, Jews had initially settled within the enclosed citadel, known as al-Qaṣr, near the ruins of the old tower known as Ghumdan Palace, but were evicted from there in the late 6th century by the ruling monarch, and moved to a different section of the city, known as al-Marbaki (also called the Falayhi Quarter). From there, they again uprooted and were made to settle in the section of the city known as al-Quzali, and eventually moved from there and settled in the neighborhood of al-Sa'ilah. In 1679, during the Mawza Exile, they were once again evicted from their place of residence. Upon returning to the city in 1680, they were given a plot of land outside of the city walls, where they built the new Jewish Quarter, al-Qāʻ (now Qāʻ al-ʻUlufi), and where they remained until the community's demise in the mid-20th century.[30] After the creation of the political State of Israel
in 1948, about 49,000 (of an estimated 51,000) of Yemenite Jews
Yemenite Jews
were airlifted to Israel, almost 10,000 of whom were from Sana'a
(see the English-language book Jews and Muslims in lower Yemen: a study in protection and restraint, 1918–1949). There was essentially no Jewish population in Sana'a
until the Shia insurgency broke out in northern Yemen
in 2004. The Houthis
directly threatened the Jewish community in 2007, prompting the government of President Saleh
President Saleh
to offer them refuge in Sana'a. As of 2010[update], there were around 700 Jews living in the capital under government protection.[31] Economy[edit] Historically, Sana'a
had a mining industry. The hills around Sana'a were mined for onyx, chalcedony, and cornelian.[32] The city was also known for its metalwork, which the British described as "famous" in the early 20th century, but declining in popularity.[33] As of 1920, Sana'a
was described by the British as being "well supplied with fruit and grapes, and has good water."[34] As the capital city of Yemen, 40% of jobs in Sana'a
are in the public sector. Other primary sources of formal employment in the city are trade and industry. Like many other cities in the developing world, Sana'a
has a large informal sector which is estimated to constitute 32% of nongovernmental employment. However, while there is a greater variety of jobs in Sana'a
as compared to other cities in Yemen, there is also greater poverty and unemployment. It is estimated that 25% of the labor force in Sana'a
is unemployed.[35] Transport[edit] Yemenia, the national airline of Yemen, has its head office in Sana'a.[36] Sana'a International Airport
Sana'a International Airport
is Yemen's main domestic and international airport. There is currently no rail network but there are plans to install one in the future. A primary means of transport in the city is via dababs, minibuses which carry about 10 people. Taxis are also a very common form of public transport and there are coaches to major cities such as Aden
and Taiz. See also[edit]

Mahwa Aser Sana'a manuscript
Sana'a manuscript
– fragments from over 1,000 early Qur'an
codices, discovered at the Great Mosque in Sana'a
in 1972. Yemeni Revolution 2013 Iranian diplomat kidnapping Sana'a
Governorate Bab al-Yaman Arabia
Felix Hotel


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Further reading[edit]

See also: Bibliography of the history of Sana'a

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sana'a.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Sana'a.

Eric Hansen, Sana'a
rising, Saudi Aramco World, 2006. Vol. 57 No. 1 Tim Mackintosh-Smith, The Secret Gardens of Sana'a. Saudi Aramco World, 2006 Vol. 57 No. 1 Traditional housing in the old quarter of Sanaa in 1972 ArchNet.org. "Sana'a". Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: MIT School of Architecture and Planning.   "Sana". New International Encyclopedia. 1905. 

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Capitals of Asia

Dependent territories and states with limited recognition are in italics

North and Central Asia South Asia Southeast Asia West and Southwest Asia

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Astana, Kazakhstan* Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan Dushanbe, Tajikistan Moscow, Russia* Tashkent, Uzbekistan

East Asia

Beijing, China Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Hong Kong
(China) Macau, Macau
(China) Pyongyang, North Korea Seoul, South Korea Taipei, Taiwan
(ROC) Tokyo, Japan Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Kabul, Afghanistan Dhaka, Bangladesh Diego Garcia, BIOT (UK) Islamabad, Pakistan Kathmandu, Nepal Kotte, Sri Lanka Malé, Maldives New Delhi, India Thimphu, Bhutan

Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Bangkok, Thailand Dili, East Timor Flying Fish Cove, Christmas Island
Christmas Island
(Australia) Hanoi, Vietnam Jakarta, Indonesia* Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Manila, Philippines Naypyidaw, Myanmar Phnom Penh, Cambodia Singapore Vientiane, Laos West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands
West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Abu Dhabi, United Arab
Emirates Amman, Jordan Ankara, Turkey* Baghdad, Iraq Baku, Azerbaijan* Beirut, Lebanon Cairo, Egypt* Doha, Qatar Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine † Kuwait
City, Kuwait Manama, Bahrain

Muscat, Oman Nicosia, Cyprus* North Nicosia, Northern Cyprus* Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Sana'a, Yemen Stepanakert, Artsakh* Sukhumi, Abkhazia* Tbilisi, Georgia* Tehran, Iran Tskhinvali, South Ossetia* Yerevan, Armenia*

*Transcontinental country. † Disputed. See: Positions on Jerusalem.

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World Heritage Sites in Yemen

Historic Town of Zabid Old City of Sana'a Old Walled City of Shibam Socotra

List of World Heritage Sites in Yemen

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Capital of Culture

1996 (Egypt) Tunis
1997 (Tunisia) Sharjah
1998 (United Arab
Emirates) Beirut
1999 (Lebanon) Riyadh
2000 (Saudi Arabia) Kuwait City
Kuwait City
2001 (Kuwait) Amman
2002 (Jordan) Rabat
2003 (Morocco) San'a
2004 (Yemen) Khartoum
2005 (Sudan) Muscat
2006 (Oman) Algiers
2007 (Algeria) Damascus
2008 (Syria) Jerusalem
2009 (State of Palestine) Doha
2010 (Qatar) Sirte
2011 (Libya) Manama
2012 (Bahrain) Baghdad
2013 (Iraq) Tripoli
2014 (Libya) Constantine 2015 (Algeria) Sfax
2016 (Tunisia)

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Tourist attractions in Yemen

World Heritage Sites


Historic Town of Zabid Old City of Sana'a Old Walled City of Shibam Socotra

Tentative list

Archaeological Site of Marib Historic City of Saada The Historic City of Thula The Madrasa Amiriya of Rada Jibla and its surroundings Jabal Haraz Jabal Bura Balhaf/Burum coastal area The Hawf Area Sharma/Jethmun coastal area

Archaeological sites

Al Hajjarah Awwam Baraqish Baynun Cisterns of Tawila Haram Kaminahu Ma'rib Marib Dam Maṣna'at Māriya Nahom Nashan Nashaq Sana'a Shabwa Shaharah Shibam Sirwah Timna Zabid Zafar


House of Folklore National Museum of Yemen Yemen
Military Museum

Palaces Castles

Aljabowbi Castle Cairo
Castle Dar al-Bashair Dar al-Hajar Dar al-Shukr Dar as-Sa'd Fort Al-Ghwayzi Ghumdan Palace Palace of Queen Arwa Citadel of Rada'a Seiyun
Palace Sheba Palace

Places of worship

Aidrus Mosque Al-Asha'ir Mosque Al-Bakiriyya Mosque Al-Hadi Mosque Al-Mahdi Mosque Al-Muhdhar Mosque Al-Qalis Church Al Shohada Mosque Al Tawheed Mosque Alansar Mosque Albolaily Mosque Alemaan Mosque Ashrafiya Mosque Barran Temple Great Mosque of Sana'a Grand Synagogue of Aden Hanthel Mosque Jennad Mosque Mudhaffar Mosque Queen Arwa Mosque Saleh Mosque St. Francis of Assisi Church St. Mary Help of Christians Church Tahla Mosque Temple of Awwam

Protected area

Bura Community Protected Area Dhamar Montane Plains Mahjur Traditional Reserve Jabal Bura
Jabal Bura
Valley Forest National Park Ras Isa Marine Park Socotra
Island Protected Area Zuqur Islands Marine National Park


Amiriya Madrasa Bab al-Yaman Big Ben Aden Sana'a
Turkish Memorial Cemetery Shaharah
Bridge Sira Fortress

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 148922407 LCCN: n80086523 GND: 4051533-