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Yemen, Socotra Archipelago

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 05, 2009 at 12:59:05

Location Indian Ocean, Yemen
Coordinates N12 30 0 E53 49 60
Type Natural
Property 410460.0000 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1263 )

Socotra Archipelago, in the northwest Indian Ocean near the Gulf of Aden, is 250 km long and comprises four islands and two rocky islets which appear as a prolongation of the Horn of Africa. The site is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37% of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90% of its reptile species and 95% of its land snail species do not occur anywhere else in the world. The site also supports globally significant populations of land and sea birds (192 bird species, 44 of which breed on the islands while 85 are regular migrants), including a number of threatened species. The marine life of Socotra is also very diverse, with 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 species of coastal fish and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp.

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Socotra, Dragon Tree Socotra, Qlinsia

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Yemen, Historic Town of Zabid

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 05, 2009 at 12:41:58

Location Province d'al-Hudayda, Yemen
Coordinates N14 11 53.016 E43 19 48
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1993

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/611 )

Zabid's domestic and military architecture and its urban plan make it an outstanding archaeological and historical site. Besides being the capital of Yemen from the 13th to the 15th century, the city played an important role in the Arab and Muslim world for many centuries because of its Islamic university.

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Gate, Historic Town of Zabid Mosque, Historic Town of Zabid

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Yemen, Old City of Sana'a

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 05, 2009 at 12:28:28

Location Governorate of the capital Sana'a, Yemen
Coordinates N15 21 20 E44 12 29
Type Historic, Cultural
Date of Inscription 1986

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/385 )

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.

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Old City of Sana'a Old City of Sana'a, Bab Al-Yemen

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Yemen, Old Walled City of Shibam

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, November 05, 2009 at 12:01:50

Location Hadramaut Governorate, in the Wadi Hadramaut, Seiyun District, Yemen
Coordinates N15 55 36.984 E48 37 36.012
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1982

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/192 )

Surrounded by a fortified wall, the 16th-century city of Shibam is one of the oldest and best examples of urban planning based on the principle of vertical construction. Its impressive tower-like structures rise out of the cliff and have given the city the nickname of ‘the Manhattan of the desert’.

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Old Walled City of Shibam Tower houses, Old Walled City of Shibam  

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