22 November, 2011

Within Dar Al Hajar in Wadi Dhahr

The builders and craftsmen who worked on Dar Al Hajar, took much care with every part of it: the walls, the windows, the stairs and the rooms were all well planned and thought of, with the Yemeni, Sana'ani architecture in mind. Inside Dar Al Hajar, there is a small museum and gift shop. The Rock House itself from outside and of what is inside - is a museum.

Dar Al Hajar
Above: inside one of the rooms - a portrait of the man who commissioned the building of Dar Al Hajar. Yahya Muhammad Hamidaddin - or Imam Yahya.
Dar Al Hajar
There are many rooms in Dar Al Hajar, about 35, whose walls all are painted white with simple decorations on them.
Dar Al Hajar
In all of the rooms, like the one above, there are windows. The one above, gives a good view of the scenery, below, outside. 
Dar Al Hajar
On display: there are many books and paintings.
Dar Al Hajar
And old items, like the box above.
Dar Al Hajar
More of what is on display: above.
Dar Al Hajar
In the gift shop at the base of Dar Al Hajar, there are many items for sale. All are Yemeni and handmade.
Dar Al Hajar
Above: earthen replicas of Dar Al Hajar on sale.
Dar Al Hajar
Above: on - sale small, decorated boxes used mainly for storing jewelry.
Dar Al Hajar
On display - an old pot from Dar Al Hajar.
Dar Al Hajar
Dar Al Hajar
Above and below: the many items on sale at the gift shop. With Yemen's continuing political and economic problems - handmade Yemeni artifacts have never been cheaper. Many items sold in antique and gift shops, especially in the Old City of Sana'a, are at such incredibly low prices.
Dar Al Hajar
In the olden days, Dar Al Hajar was the central structure in Wadi Dhahr. Today, it still remains the focal point in the valley. In the valley, of the many attractions: its friendly inhabitants, the fields, the wildlife, the other old villages and buildings - Dar Al Hajar, the main structure, is certainly the main attraction for most visitors to the site.

+ Dar Al Hajar: the Outside
+ Dar Al Hajar: the Inside
+ Around Dar Al Hajar in Wadi Dhahr