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Sana'a Old City

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

Sana'a Old City Sana'a Old City

Shibam Hadramout

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction...

Shibam Hadramout Shibam Hadramout

Socotra Island

Socotra Island is really the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean (Arabian Sea). It is the last refuge of the -almost instinct, a remote Yemeni island off the horn of Africa...

Socotra Island Socotra Island

Marib Desert

Visitor to Yemen can enjoy crossing Ramlat Al Saba'tin Dessert (in Empty Quarter Desert), the Old way of spices and the Incense Rout...

Marib Desert Marib Desert

Yemen Life

Many people live their lives as they have done for centuries and that includes dress code as well, woman are always fully covered...

Yemen Life Yemen Life


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Thula is 54 km to the northwest of Sana’a and is an important historic city. It was one of the localities, which was considered one of the major theological centers of the country. The city stands at the eastern foot of the ancient fort Thula, known as fort of Mutahar Bin Sharaf Uddin. The houses of the city are high-rise structures and built of stones which harmonize with the mountain overlooking the city the facades of the houses are embellished with decorations and moldings with the windows being arch-shaped (Qamariyas), and decorated with pieces of marble stained-glass. The streets are paved with stone.

In the city center lies the Graet Mosque, which has a distinctive small stone minaret. There is also a bath (hamamat), and nearby are several reservoirs next to a small stream which flows from beneath the fort. Thula is surrounded by a solid stonewall and is a fine example of fortification complete with two gates.

However, the main hold of the city is the fort which is accessible a beautiful-built stone staircase. Within the fort there are water reservoirs and grain stores and could thus sustain itself in times of siege and is therefore considered to be the most unconquerable in Yemen.

The Ottomans could not control the for throughout the whole of their rule rule of Yemen. Thula is one of the most visited cities by tourists and there is a museum housed by one of the city’s old buildings.

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