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Yemen - Harraz mountains - Hajjarah

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Hajjarah is one of the most popular destination spots in the Harraz region of Yemen. The stepped mountains climb to the sky from the valleys below, covered with rows of terrace gardens. Located between Sana'a, the capital of Yemen, and the Red sea, Harraz has traditionally been a region of strategic importance. The region also provides much of Yemen's fresh produce. The changing altitude of these amazing gardens allows for virtually any plant, from any climate, to be successfully grown in this region. From sweet berries to coffee, it's all in Harraz.

 

Al-Hajjarah, a spectacular historical city five kilometres west of Manakha, has buildings that are very tall and closely related to each other, and can be easily spotted from a distance. The village dating to the 11th century AD, served as an important fortification during the Turkish occupation of Yemen. The original village was divided into two. The Al- Ba’aha quarter was inhabited by Jews until they fled to Israel in the 1950’s. Above this is the “Muslim quarter” with its huge gate, ostensibly to shut out invaders and animals

 

The harmony of Hajjarah’s architecture is splendid. A protective fortress, the city is entered through a single entrance with a long, unobstructed stairway leading to the heavy wooden gate. This allowed the only approach to the city to be guarded and defended. Hardly any mountain town in Yemen has ever been overtaken with this system.

 

Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, f/11, 0.003 sec (1/400), ISO 200, 18 mm

 

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Taken on January 2, 2008