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“Ancient and Historical, but”
Review of Old City of Sanaa

Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Sanaa
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Owner description: The old, walled city has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years and contains a wealth of intact architectural gems.
Reviewed 30 June 2014

The buildings are ancient and historic. They tell many stories of old but the area is too busy with small shops and people selling all kinds of things from dried fruits to trinkets.

A good place to visit if you are into old buildings. If you want to buy things better buy from other less touristy places.

3  Thank Ashem H
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

Must see place if you been to yemen, sanaa. Markets and local people are all very good. You get everything required for a human being to live

2  Thank Balasubramaniam11111
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

The old city of Sana'a is one of the more fascinating places I've seen in all my travels. The architecture, the colors, the narrow streets and the busy souq are of an unreal beauty.

The views from the top of the Heritage House (entrance fee 200 rials) are magnificient, looking at these "skyscrapers" hundreds years old is something special.
Alternatively you can go to the ex Dawood Hotel (now they have another name I think) and for a (steep) fee you can go to the top floor and have a drink or a meal for more sublime views of the Old City.

Exploring the rich souq is nice, the people is very welcoming and an invite to chew qat or drink tea while looking for some presents to buy is extremely common. Prices in Yemen are generally very cheap, but haggling is mandatory and it is quite fun.

My favourite spot in the Old City was the hammam right in front of Heritage House: it has days for men and days for women. For 1500 rials you can have the complete package of sauna, scrub and massage. It's suggested to those who want really get deeper into the yemeni experience because it's not a touristic thing, you will be there with other yemeni who wants to unload the stress of a day at work. While not in the same category of beauty of other hammams in the Middle East, the services I received were definitely the best.

There are hundreds of sights and things to do and see in the Old City, but since it will indeed be the main attraction of any tourist in Yemen, just go there and get lost in those ancient streets, you will enjoy for sure.

9  Thank Sputnikboy
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

All colours, people, smells, noises make you feel like you are in a tale from a different time. I had travelled as a part of a group and it was totally safe. When you are in Old City, do not miss the Old Jewish jewellery stores. They have amazing silver items which you would find nowhere. Enjoy!

5  Thank ozgebuminoztaskin
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

The most amazing historical city. Thanks to the person who advised me to go there. Room service and reservation at Movenpick sanaa

2  Thank GAshcroft
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