This week’s travel Tuesday feature, Dar Al Hajar (Rock Palace), is located on one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, which is currently midst a revolution.
Dar Al Hajar was built by ruler Imam Yahya as his summer fortress-mansion in the 30’s. What’s more interesting about this site is that it was actually built upon ancient ruins. Thus, rumor has it that props for the beautiful design and architecture should be given to someone else.
Yes, we are open
Thankfully, the Rock Palace is now open to tourists and is a trademark brochure cover of the country of Yemen.
When to go
It is advised that you visit Dar Al Hajar on Thursdays and Fridays, as Yemenis tend to perform outdoor dances and celebrate weddings on its surroundings then (Pbase).
Salaam min Amrica
May Allah bless those currently fighting in Yemen for their freedom and may this beautiful country see the light of happiness soon! It has so much potential as a tourist destination in the Middle East.