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Ma'rib:-                                                                                                                          Top

Dusty, diminutive and decaying, Ma'rib is modest almost to a fault. It's hard to believe it was ever the site of a great civilization. But take a tour of the attractions around the town and you'll soon regret judging by appearances. Note that because of tribal tension currently in the area, tourists are given a compulsory police escort while traveling to, around and in the town of Ma'rib. After sunset, a curfew comes into force: you're obliged to remain in your hotel until sunrise.

History:-

Ma'rib lying 214km due east of Sana'a, is Yemen's most ancient City. The former capital of the powerful Sabaean empire, it makes up part of the largest archaeological site in the southern part of the Arabian Peninsula and has been called the region's cradle of civilization'.

Caravans would stop here after crossing the Wadi Hadramout from the port of Qana on the Arabian Sea, and the city soon came to control the ancient incense routes. Inscriptions indicate that the city dates from at least the 8th century BC, thought it may have been founded even earlier.

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Amran:-                                                                                                                            Top
Situate on an old trading route 52km northwest of Sana'a, Amran in the of an ancient settlement. Today it's better known for the quality of its leatherworks, as well as the local building style (which uses adobe bricks).
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Hajja:-                                                                                                                               Top

Hajja's hardly a beauty spot – it's modern busy and bustling, but it's worth a visit just for the journey there, which takes you over, around and along crest after of majestic mountains.

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 Shaharah:-                                                                                                                      Top
This mountain village, 160km north of Sana'a, is famous for two things: its bridge and it inaccessibility – and half the fun is getting there! The climb up the mountain (which lies at 2600m) also affords some of the most stunning vistas in Yemen. Shaharah has a certain rarefied air. Less known is the fact that Shaharah is famous also for its long tradition of scholars (dating back to the time of the Zaydi dynasty in the 9th century)
 It also served as a tremendous stronghold of resistance against the Ottomans during both occupations. The Ottomans never quite succeeded in taking the town, and so many soldiers died attempting to that for a while Shaharah was dubbed 'Tomb of the Turks'. After centuries of isolation, villagers are still a little wary of strangers, so travelers should show sensitivity.
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 Sa'da:-                                                                                                                            Top
Various ancient Himyarite inscriptions mention Sa'da, which as also one of the oldest Islamic cities on the Peninsula. The town (and its region) is also known for its particular style of adobe architecture. The town's impressive fortifications include a remarkable 16th century adobe wall, which is amazingly well preserved and retains its original gate.
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