I wouldn't want to live in this place or even stay there for a short term, it doesn't look too safe or cozy for me. But to visit – for sure!
Famous rock castle is built right on top of the pinnacle, located at the Wadi Dhahr Valley, about 15 km away from the capital of Yemen, Sana and known as Dar al-Hajar – Imam's Rock Palace.
Historically, Yemen didn't have a king or a president. Instead, leadership of the country rested on the shoulders of an Imam (Islamic spiritual leader). Yahya Muhammad Hamiddin (1869-1948) became Imam of the Zaydis (an Islamic religious sect) after his father's death in 1904, then Imam of Yemen in 1918 and remained in that post until his assassination in 1948. The palace was built in the 1930s by Imam Yahya as his summer residence. The palace was restored for visitors and turned into a museum.
The five-story building as lots of rooms and many big and small stairs that seems to take you all around in circles. There is the kitchen, storage rooms, rooms for women, meeting rooms for high placed persons and friends of Imam Yahya.
There is a system to cool water in earthware jars, you can see takhrim windows from up close, there is a very deep well, and there are various spots where you can go outside.
The five floors offer enough to see, but walking around at its base is equally impressive and heightens your admiration for the stunning architecture the Yemenis are capable of.
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