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 Post subject: More city pictures....
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 2:27 pm 
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I posted some in the Jakalla thread, but here is a link to some more - the Old City of Sana'a in Yemen:

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/385/

Note that I think this site might yield other useful article, but i have not had time to browse further.

Edit: I occurs to me, that given the fluid nature of the INTERNET, it might be best to snip some stuff from that article...

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Situated in a mountain valley at an altitude of 2,200 m, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2,500 years. In the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam. This religious and political heritage can be seen in the 103 mosques, 14 hammams and over 6,000 houses, all built before the 11th century. Sana’a’s many-storeyed tower-houses built of rammed earth (pisé) add to the beauty of the site.


This is an interesting PDF - download the "Inventory...":

http://whc.unesco.org/en/activities/569/

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 Post subject: Re: More city pictures....
PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:29 pm 
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Hnalla Worshippers, apparently...

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 Post subject: Re: More city pictures....
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:54 am 
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Nice pictures, although they don't "feel" like Tékumel for me. But maybe that's just me. Any ideas what they might be similar to on Tékumel?
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 Post subject: Re: More city pictures....
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:05 pm 
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I think they are another possible RW example of what the slum areas might look like. The clan houses are said to be up to 5 stories high in the cities with flat-topped roofs. In this case they have patterns on them, but I think they would also be painted and have carvings depending on the city (as each city has it's own character.)

Edit: I went back and re-read the S&G bit about cities and I was mis-remembering. The clan houses in the larger urban areas are 2-3 stories, the slums can go up to 5 stories in a random jumble of small rooms with common bathroom and eating areas. Which I guess is why I think these old jumbled houses look Tekumeli.

Edit 2: I've added some bits to my original post...

Edit 3: Even though the colours could be brighter (IMO) - though maybe it could be Khirgar or Sunraya - I like the Hnalla symbols incorporated into the facades.

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 Post subject: Re: More city pictures....
PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 2:58 pm 
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Just found this on the site:

http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/middle-east/yemen/sana-a/map.html

It gives you panoramic Google Streets-like views of various locations. What is really cool is that, in addition to rotating 360, you can look up and down!

Not only that, but you can view other areas in Yemen, the Middle East or World Wide by using the links to the lower left! How cool is that! :D

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 Post subject: Re: More city pictures....
PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:18 am 
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Nice link! Thanks for sharing.
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