Windows surmounted by fanlights with colored glass or precious alabaster, give a fairytale atmosphere to the whole.
San'a 'which was the capital of North Yemen since 1990 is the capital of the reunified Yemen. Located in the center of a vast plateau, is surrounded by walls and with typical multi-storey buildings Yemenis, commercial, cultural and economic development of the country. It is divided by interior walls in three districts (Arabic, turkish and jew).
According to tradition the foundation of the city dates back to biblical times, it was founded by Shem, the eldest son of Noah and progenitor populations semite, who after abandoning his country found before the Rub ʿ al-Khali, the "Empty Quarter" - terrible sandy desert - and, subsequently, a land of high mountains and fertile valleys and decided to found a city: San'a '
In 1970 Pier Paolo Pasolini shot in San'a 'scenes from the film The Flower of the Arabian Nights, the last day of shooting, struck by the beauty of the city, began to turn The Walls of Sana'a, a short documentary form of an appeal to UNESCO to ensure that they were protected and preserved the beauty of the ancient city as cultural and historical heritage of all humanity. The appeal of Pasolini was accepted and in 1986 the old city of San'a 'was declared a World Heritage Site.
The capital, Sana'a, with its tower houses decorated with ocher chalk, dozens of minarets, the Souk al-Milh where in a medieval mix the aromas of cardamom, coffee ', incense and of myrrh, the colors of the silks, the gleam of Jambie and censer exposed outside the small shops.
The region of Marib, a fertile time to the point of defining this area "Arabia Felix", where reigned the legendary Queen of Sheba, Bilqis to the Arabs, who legend has it was born from the union of a prince Himyarite with the king's daughter of Ginn. The miracle of Shibam, where, between the desert and arid plateaus Ramlat Al Sabatein, a block of 500 'skyscrapers' raw earth of 7-8 floors for centuries outrage resists the elements.
And then, in a succession of deserts, plateaus, canyons, mountains, valleys and wadis, villages whose beauty is breathtaking: the Hajjarin, Zabid, Al Hajjara, Jibla, Thula, Kawkaban. A reason Pierpaolo Pasolini called him, architecturally, "the most beautiful country in the world. Yemeni style, a puzzle only partly solved, or that only a few know, if there is a solution."
And if the natural landscapes and architecture are a feast for the eyes, the pride, kindness, availability 'and the kindness of these people, they are for the heart. The children shouting in the streets or overlooking the tiny tax of earth-colored buildings, with their naive faces, their cries of astonishment at seeing each other again through the display of a camera, their eyes turned to the sky as to follow with the eye one day less hard. Women, silent presence, slender bodies covered with a veil which saves only the eyes. Their watchful eyes ranging beyond the 'every fabric, every barrier artificially placed between them and the male world.