Situated at an altitude of 2 200m, The city was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in 1986. According to UNESCO, Sana’a has been inhabited for more than 2 500 years, and in the 7th and 8th centuries the city became a major centre for the propagation of Islam.
The Old City is characterised by its rammed earth and burnt brick towers decorated with geometric patterns of fired bricks and white gypsum. It contains more than 100 mosques, 12 hammams and 6 500 houses. However, due to the conflict, the World Heritage Committee decided to place the Old City of Sana’a on the List of World Heritage in Danger in 2015.
Efforts are underway to preserve some of the oldest buildings.
Y30 has already completed the restoration of several houses damaged by bombings, which have today regained their original splendor!
Renovations are carried out under contract, under the supervision of the General Authority for Heritage Preservation based in Sana’a.
- 2019 : 1 renovated house
- 2020: 2 renovated houses
- 2021: 2 renovated houses
This work was generously supported by private donations.