Old City of Sana'a
Rank: Top 300
Wonder Type: Cultural
Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana'a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. 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, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana'a's many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Old City of Sana'a", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.