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Surprisingly there aren't very many photos of this beautiful building on this site. Even though it is only an hour from Sana'a. So thought I would add to the collection.

This is a former palace for the Imam Yahya. It actually isn't as old as one would first imagine (especially considering the age of some of the sites in Yemen). It was built as a summer palace in the 1930's. Though, interestingly it was built on the foundations of a prehistoric ruin. With the well dating from that time (which you can see inside if you go in).

The history of Imam Yahya is actually also quite fascinating. He ruled the country as a monarch, with some advisers (mostly members of his family...haha) and actually held daily meetings in front of this palace under an umbrella for decisions regarding the country. He also kept the National Treasury in a box under his bed! He wanted to keep Yemen isolated without change from the outside world, and attempted to do so. But to keep the competing tribes at bay, he sent his army officers abroad to gain training. When they returned, they murdered the Imam in an attempted coup. The things you learn studying abroad!!!

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Additional Photos by David Grant (ViktorVaughn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 367 W: 57 N: 348] (1525)
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