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Dar Al-Hajar, Yemen

From series “The Most Wonderful Castles and Palaces”
Year: 20th century.

In Yemen, not far from the capital of the state, is the wonderful Palace Dar Al-Hajar, which recalls the beautiful palaces that can be seen in oriental fairy tales. The castle was built on the high rock and looks so harmonious that at first sight one can hardly see where the rock ends and the building begins. For the locals, Dar Al-Hajar is one of the national landmarks. The picture of the wonderful palace can be seen on banknotes, water bottles and popular souvenirs.

Dar Al-Hajar, Yemen The five-storey palace facing the sky is accessible to the tourists. The excursions are conducted daily here. Through the palace you can only walk in the company of the guide. One of the most striking features of the castle is the intricate interior structure, which consists of the numerous labyrinthine corridors and staircases that alternate with rooms of different sizes and purpose. The palace facade is adorned with fine decoration. The windows in Fenstrern are replaced by colorful glass paintings. Thanks to this special feature, the long corridors on the sunny day are colorful and bright, which makes the atmosphere even more mysterious.

Dar Al-Hajar has received an unofficial name 'Peppercake Castle' because of the unusual exterior shape. From the outside, it really looks like a real gingerbread house, which is usually baked in Europe for Christmas. The beautiful palace was built relatively recently, in the 30s of the last century. In it the small courtyard with fountains and the beautiful terraces have been preserved. For Jemens, the palace is one of the most important objects of national architecture. Next - Sanssouci Palace


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Supermarket: 'Panda Supermarket' in 28 km
Apotheek: 'Yemeni Consultant Hospital' in 31 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Al Faqih Restaurant' in 29 km
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