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Yemeni Mountains

These rugged mountains in the west of Yemen reach a height of 12,336 feet. The western sloped are well watered by rain blowing in from the Red Sea and are extensively cultivated by terracing. The climate is ideal for growing coffee, grapes and cotton. Here are some images from the spot. Yemeni Hill Village

Summer Palace Wadi Dhahr Yemen

Dar al-Hajar (The Rock Palace), the former five-storey summer residence of Imam Yahya (1904-48), built in the 1930s, dominates the village of Suq al-Wadi. The hero of the struggle against the Ottoman Turks, Yahya consolidated the hold of Zaydi Islam over Yemen, ruling the country with a firmness befitting a medieval autocrat. The house itself is impressive and made more so by being built on top of a protruding steep rock formation. Building a palace in such an extraordinary place was not Yahya's idea; there were already ruins of a pre-historic building on top of the hill. The well penetrating the rocks by the house is from the original construction. Today, the palace is an open museum of sorts, and a very popular place to visit, not only for tourists but also for local Yemeni families. Different rooms have descriptive labels in English and Arabic. Nearby is the village of Qaryat al- Qabil, with its walled pathways, orchards and vineyards. Here on Fridays from 09.00 – 12.00 Yemen