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This is Dar al-Hajar, the summer palace of King Imam Yahya who ruled northern Yemen from about the end of World War 1 until he was assasinated in 1948. During his reign he carefully kept his country in the Middle ages.

Dar al-Hajar was built in the 1930's and has become one of the most famous symbols of Yemen. At the time of my visit in 1998 it served as a museum. It probably still does, although there were rumours it would be converted into a hotel. Considering the present situation in Yemen it would have very few guests.

Dar al-Hajar is situated in a fertile and picturesque valley called Wadi Dhahr, roughly 15 km northwest of Sanaa.

I was inspired for the title of this photo by Postcards from the edge, a semi-autobiographical novel by US actress Carrie Fisher, made into a movie by Mike Nichols, featuring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. Neither the book nor the movie had any connection whatsoever to Yemen.

This was scanned from a Kodachrome slide.

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