Yemen: Al Hajjarah

"A former market town, today it’s used as a base camp for trekkers. Built upon a precipice, Al Hajjarah is famous for its towering houses which are built onto the cliff faces."

Located in the Haraz Mountains of Yemen, the 11th Century village of Al Hajjarah lies at an altitude of 1,858 metres.

A former market town, today it’s used as a base camp for trekkers. Built upon a precipice, Al Hajjarah is famous for its towering houses which are built onto the cliff faces. Its name is the Arabic word for stones and its other claim to fame is the local dancing.

In the 12th Century, the Ottomans found its strategic position useful when defending the road from the coast to the capital, Sana’a.

Photos:

Simon Fotherby

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