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Gov't discusses partnership with int'l humanitarian organizations
[17 April 2018]
FM meets IOM's Resident Representative in Sana'a
[15 April 2018]
Delegations of EU, CHR, Swiss donors arrive in capital Sanaa
[14 April 2018]
Leader of Revolution: Saudis must be aware that Yemens military industry is evolving
[14 April 2018]
Commemoration of Sayyed Hussein al-Houthi in various Yemeni provinces
[13 April 2018]
 
  Saudi Aggression War against Yemen
Army attacks Saudi mercenaries sites in western coast
[21 April 2018]
Army repels mercenaries infiltration in western coast
[21 April 2018]
Army repels large infiltrate of Saudi-paid mercenaries in Asir
[21 April 2018]
Army carries out unique operation on Saudi mercenaries in Taiz air defense
[21 April 2018]
Saudi warplanes launches 2 raids on Bayda
[21 April 2018]
 
  Reports
WHO: Diphtheria outbreak kills 84 in Yemen
[03 April 2018]
UNICEF: Nearly 2 million children now out of school in Yemen
[27 March 2018]
Army carries heavy losses in enemy ranks, it's mercenaries
[18 March 2018]
Saudi-US aggression war jet launch 26 raids on number of Yemeni provinces
[17 March 2018]
Report: Dozens of Saudi soldiers, mercenaries killed in military operations over past 48 hours
[12 March 2018]
 
  International
FM Meets with Resident Representative of ICRC
[17 April 2018]
Acting Speaker of Shura meets UN resident representative
[17 April 2018]
FM meets SDC's delegation in Sana'a
[15 April 2018]
Foreign Ministry condemns military aggression against Syria
[14 April 2018]
EU Mission, CHR, Swiss donors arrives Sana'a
[14 April 2018]
  About Yemen
Old City of San\'a
[13/March/2004] T. Luke Young
"Viewed for the first time the old walled city of Sana'a creates an unforgettable impression, a vision of a childhood dream world of fantasy castles.
Sana’a often called the “pearl of Arabia” , it is the world’s oldest city still alive with all its municipal functions. Founded by Shem, Noah’s son, its history is wrapped in a shround of the past. Situated at the foot of Jabal Nuqum at the altitude of 2,200m.
Sana'a is one of the most ancient surviving cities in Arabia and arguably the longest continually inhabited city in the world. Its history spanned for over 2,500 years ago.

By the first century BC Sana'a emerged as a center of the inland trade route. After the withdrawal of the Turks in 1630, Sana'a became the seat of an independent Imam.
This ushered in a period of prosperity for the city, which lasted for nearly two centuries and can still be seen in the quality and quantity of buildings from that time.

Most of the domestic architecture still standing in the city dates from this period and later, while the extant mosques reach back well over one thousand years and fragments of towers are as old as four centuries before the rise of Islam.

The city's architecture has been damaged, demolished and rebuilt through flooding, wars and prosperity. The city was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 and given an Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995.

Traditional Buildings
Sana'a's architectural vocabulary was already well formed by the tenth century when Ibn Rustah wrote that most of the houses "are adorned with gypsum, baked bricks, and symmetrical stones."

The architectural heritage of Sana'a consists of multi-story buildings decorated with geometric shapes and horizontal bands rendered in gypsum, narrow streets, urban gardens, elegant minarets and imposing monuments .The streets of the city are flanked by towering houses five to nine stories high.

The houses are constructed of ashlar stonework from six to ten meters above street level where exposed brickwork then takes over.
In Sana'a the space between buildings is just wide enough for pedestrians and mule-drawn carts.

Timber is in short supply since trees are relatively rare and small and so the traditional architecture of Sana'a relies on stone and clay bricks decorated with gypsum plaster.

Symmetrical balance is clearly a desirable characteristic in the houses of Sana'a and facades have strong ingredients of conventional formality.

Its religious and cultural heritage is reflected in its 106 mosques, 12 hammams (bath houses) and 6,500 houses built before the 11th century.
Impacts of Modernization
Sana'a has been an important center in southwestern Arabia for nearly 2000 years.

Until the end of the Yemeni civil war in 1969 the city was closed to outsiders for two centuries, its unique multi-story buildings protected behind to conserve the city in the 1980s, which has been lauded world wide as a success mud walls.
A traditional way of life was preserved in a society that values successful looking after poor people and old animals


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