3 Likes

Al-Fulayhi Quarter in Sana'a - Yemen
Yemen

Since its founding 2,000 years ago, Sana'a has been a major trading centre for south-eastern Arabia. Once a seat of government for the early Islamic caliphs, it is today the capital city of Yemen. Typical houses in Sana'a rise to as many as nine stories. The lower levels are usually built of stone, and the upper ones of lighter brick. The windows are outlined in white gypsum and have fan lights of alabaster or coloured glass held in gypsum tracery. Because the urban expansion of the 1970's and 1980's had begun to threaten and eventually destroy the old city, in 1984 the Republic of Yemen created the General Organisation for the Preservation of Old Sana'a. By 1987, it extended its responsibilities to all of Yemen and became the General Organisation for the Preservation of the Historic Cities of Yemen (GOPHCY). UNESCO and UNDP assisted the preservation planning process, while technical assistance and funding were provided by the Yemeni government and by Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, North Korea, Norway, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. About 50 percent of the city's streets and alleys have been paved with patterned bands of black basalt and white limestone, and the repair continues. Old water supply and drainage systems were upgraded, and craftsmen are restoring the city's mud walls. Numerous buildings dating from the 14th, 17th, and 19th centuries have been restored. The jury notes that "this project has saved old Sana'a."

Copyright: Sergej Esnault
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 8000x4000
Uploaded: 10/09/2009
Atualizado: 19/09/2014
Visitas:

...


Tags: sana'a; yemen; old; unesco
comments powered by Disqus

Stefan Geens
Tin suq, Sana'a, Yemen
Stefan Geens
Spice suq, Sana'a, Yemen
Stefan Geens
Sana'a: View from a rooftop at sunset
Stefan Geens
Bread suq, Sana'a, Yemen
Sergej Esnault
View from the roof of the city Sana`a at night - Yemen
Sergej Esnault
Interior of traditional room in Sana'a Nights Hotel - Yemen
Sergej Esnault
Curious observers in quarter Bab Al-Yemen in Sana'a - Yemen
Sergej Esnault
Square with gate Bab al-Yaman in Sana'a - Yemen
Stefan Geens
Bab al-Yaman, Sana'a, Yemen
Sergej Esnault
Mehdi Dome and Sailah in Barrum Quarter - old Sana'a - Yemen
saleh ahmed
qawbari1
Sergej Esnault
Dar al Hajar or Rock Palace in Wādī Ḑahr - Yemen
Ruediger Kottmann
Castle Ruin Helfenstein at Sunset
Jedsada Puangsaichai
Borgund Stave Church, Borgund, Laerdal, Norway
Dmitriy Krasko
Museum, mausoleum of Habib Bourguiba
Andrea Biffi
Chiusa Di Rio Di Pusteria
Carel Struycken
Fremont Troll
CHRISTIAN DEL ROSARIO
Stockholm City Hall Dance Hall
Rob van Gils
Lower Antelope Canyon
Simona Bartolomei
"Mazzolin di Fiori" in Piazza Anfiteatro
Yuriy White
Оперный театр. Галерка справа
Igor Marx
Berlinerallee 4
Andrea Biffi
piazza del Duomo a Trento - Italy
Anton Eryomin & Paul Bouryanov
Airport. AN-2 aircraft cockpit. Barnaul, Russia. August, 2009.
Sergej Esnault
Église de la Trinité de Brélévenez - Lannion - Côtes-d'Armor - France
Sergej Esnault
The Milky Way over Ndiagne - Senegal
Sergej Esnault
Osada Jánošíkovci - Terchová - Slovakia
Sergej Esnault
Jieyin Dian temple - Mount Emei - Sichuan - China
Sergej Esnault
Historic village Ābyāneh in Karkass mountain - Iran
Sergej Esnault
Live opera on the square - Vienna - Austria
Sergej Esnault
Al-Jama's mosque with square in Shibām - Ḩaḑramawt - Yemen
Sergej Esnault
Levice castle from walls - Levice - Slovakia
Sergej Esnault
The small lake behind Berber museum in Jardin Majorelle - Marrakech - Morocco
Sergej Esnault
Port of Al Ḩudaydah with typical ships in african style - Yemen
Sergej Esnault
Mierové námestie v Trenčíne - Slovakia
Sergej Esnault
Dar al Hajar or Rock Palace in Wādī Ḑahr - Yemen
More About Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.Text by Steve Smith.