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THE ROCK PALACE OF YEMEN

rock-palaceDar al-Hajar, the Rock Palace, was built by Yemen’s ruler, Imam Yahya Muhammad Hamiddin (1869-1948), atop a rock pinnacle as his summer residence.  It lies in a valley about 10 miles outside Yemen’s capital of Sana’a.  While an iconic example of Yemeni architecture, it’s impossible to visit now with civil war raging in the country.  Someday we’ll be able to safely return to Yemen again. (Glimpses of Our Breathtaking World #143 Photo ©Jack Wheeler)