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Old City of Sana'a



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Old City of Sana'a
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Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 metres, Sana'a has been inhabited for over 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries it became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storied tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site. The older part of the city can be seen in the centre of the street network. The bright square of the Al Khbir Mosque is conspicuous. The roofed suq in the heart of the old city, the long shadows, and the tower houses can also be readily identified.

The image was taken on 21 January 2008 by the Ikonos satellite and has a resolution of one metre. It covers an area of four by eight kilometres.

Credit: Space Imaging Middle East/DLR.
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