Restoration of the wall near Bab – El – Yemen
Most people have heard of the Old City of Sana’a, capital of Yemen. For its historical and architectural beauty, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.
The Old City is surrounded by clay walls which stand 9 – 14 meters high. The architecture is unique, the houses are multi-storied buildings decorated with geometric patterns, friezes and stained-glass windows.
Bab – El – Yemen is the main entry point through the city walls. In the two years I lived in Sana’a, I cannot recount the number of times I passed this iconic gate.
And each time, walking through the narrow streets and lanes, I was enveloped by an overwhelming atmosphere.
Here are a few images to relate these moments and honor the inhabitants of this unique place.
Early morning the baker cooks chapatis
Salesman throwing a jacket to a crowd of men for them to try it on.
Craftsman at work on a djambia, the dagger worn around the waist by every man in Yemen.
Discussing quality and price of a bunch of khat. Men and often women chew khat leaves regularly, usually in the afternoon. The leaves have a narcotic effect and are used as a stimulant.
Worker in a woolshed