Dar Al Hajar (Rock Palace)دار الحجر
I must admit that as a middle eastern girl I am passionate about Islamic architecture. Unfortunately, in university we don’t study much about it, we mostly focused on Europe. So I research some places and buildings on internet and here is what I found this week. Dar Al Hajar is a Yemeni architectural wonder and symbol of the country. It is located at the western suburbs of Sana’a (the capital of Yemen). It is perched atop a rock pinnacle at the famous Wadi Dhahr Valley. The historical five-storey palace was built by Yemen’s ruler Imam Mansour Ali Bin Mehdi Abbas in 1786 AD. The building was superbly shaped and constructed to accommodate the rocks. In the 1930s, the late Yemeni monarch Imam Yahya Hameed Al-Din added the upper story and annexes and used it as his summer residence. Now it’s museum and it’s open to the public. I recommend you to watch the clip below and also check out this 3D virtual tour of the palace.
Photograph: Matthew & Sanae (MaSa), Flickr * via travelthemiddleeastPhotograph: yeowatzup, Flickr * via travelthemiddleeast Photographs: ekskurziiPhotograph: Antti Salonen via Wikipedia
View from the roof Photographs: traveladventures
Photograph: Michail Vorobyev via 2leep
There is something else I want to share with you, that is not associated with the subject. We suffered an earthquake 5,8 Richter here in Sofia. It struck at 2:58 am Tuesday morning. It was very strong. I’ve never experienced anything like this. We fled our homes and gathered in the streets, where we spent the rest of the night. It was a real nightmare. Thank God, there are no casualties or significant damage, but a lot of broken glass, brick pieces, mortar to be cleaned.
Since that I can’t stop thinking about the important non material things in life and keep asking myself “Why do we have to experience a natural disaster so we can appreciate what we have?!”. I truly believe that this earthquake was a reminder from God that “he created the world and can destroy the world.”
I just wanted to share with you my experience and my thoughts and I want to remind you to be grateful for what you have. 😉