01/ - Yemen, desert area: Baraqish ancient capital of Ma’in Kingdom, Ma’rib (capital of the kingdom of Saba), dam of Ma’rib and Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon

Check out the entire travel! Yemen 2nd part , the desert region and the southern part
  • Yemen desertico: Barraqish
  • Barraqish: Tempio Dio Athar
  • Barraqish: Tempio Dio Athar
  • Yemen desertico: Barraqish
  • Barraqish: scritte sabee
  • Barraqish: moschea
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Arsh Bilqish: Tempio della Luna
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Yemen desertico: Vecchia Marib
  • Arsh Bilqish: Tempio della Luna
  • Arsh Bilqish: Tempio della Luna
  • Arsh Bilqish: bambini
  • Arsh Bilqish: bambini
  • Arsh Bilqish: bambini
  • Arsh Bilqish: bambini
  • Arsh Bilqish: Tempio del Sole
  • Arsh Bilqish: Tempio del Sole
  • Arsh Bilqish: bambini

At first, we visited Baraqish, the ancient capital of the Ma’in kingdom (400 BC) .

We could visit the mighty city walls, still well preserved . In the ancient town, nowadays, there are only a small mosque , a well and a temple dedicated to the God Athar .

Then, we visited the capital of the Sabaean kingdom:  Ma’rib, whose origins date back to the VIII century BC.

In Ma’rib, there are  very ancient  “mud skyscrapers ” .

The importance of the Sabaean kingdom was due to the incense trade but, overall, to the dam which , with a barrage of about 700 meters, allowed to irrigate almost one hundred square km of fields.

The Sabaean kingdom ended with the disaster caused by the collapse of the dam which took place in  570, the same year of Muhammad’s birth !

Near the capital, we visited two interesting Sabaean temples: Arsh Bilqis (or Temple of the Moon ) and Mahram Bilqis ( or Temple of the Sun) .

Check out the entire travel! Yemen 2nd part , the desert region and the southern part