The city of Al Hajjara in Republic of Yemen tucked precariously in the Haraz Mountains, is the city of Manakha, which is close to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Sana. At an altitude of 2,300 meters, Manakha is the main city in the Haraz mountains and was an ancient stronghold. It is perched on a mountain-side overlooking the valley which leads to Hodeidah on one side and the mountains leading to Sana’a on the other. Sana’a is also one of the highest capital cities in the world.
The buildings are decorated in white friezes, by which circles, squares, triangles and rhomboids are used to create a lively geometric pattern on the architecture, ranging from the straightforward to the complex, which gives each house a distinctive identity, its own unique face to display to the world.
It is fantastic for hiking but you should have a guide to make it easier travelling through the villages as language might be a problem. It is one of the most conservative areas in Yemen, so no Hawaiian shirts, tank tops or shorts.
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