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View of Sanaa's old city from the rooftop of Golden Daar hotel where I was staying. This is one of several hotel rooftops to see a panoramic view of the old city, a Unesco world heritage site and the most interesting city on the Arabian peninsula by far. There are no modern buildings within the old city, the hotel is one of these traditional towerhouses, and modest but atmospheric.....until the VERY early morning call to prayer from the minarets. This is not like other muslim countries where it only lasts a minute or two, in Yemen the loudspeakers blast FOR HOURS, no exaggeration, with several mosques per city block, all out of synch and competing with each other. Insomnia rules. The Romans called Yemen Arabia Felix for the richness of its resources like frankincense and myrrh which were much in demand at the time, today the minaret megaphone is the most sought after commodity. I took many photos like this from rooftops, in Sanaa the clouds were also cooperative.
WS photo shows a closeup from the actual hotel room.

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