Hugging the mountain ridge

Marjolein Katsma

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Share this page Photo © 2007 Marjolein Katsma | Text © 2010 Marjolein Katsma


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mountain ridge, bluewashed, mountain, painted, rock, skyline, people, travel, mosque, dome, skylight, whitewashed, minaret, yemen, alabaster, ibb, round windows, sold


The old town of Ibb, like so many towns and villages in Yemen, is built on top of and hugging a mountain ridge – good for defense – and in fact, out of the mountain, with houses built from rocks hewn out of the mountain. So there are many narrow streets and alleys, and steps up and down everywhere, making it very easy to get lost!

This is a view of Ibb as we were leaving the city; I like it because you can see so well just how it’s hugging the mountain. The sun is still shining, but you can see the rain clouds rolling in again already: Ibb governorate is the wettest place in Arabia. It also gives a good view of the beautiful old mosque with its all-white dome and the minaret with its unique decorations. There is so much to see here… people sitting on a wall, glimpses of the narrow streets and bits of “bluewashed” walls, window skylights with one, two or even three round windows (which must have contained alabaster panes and some may still do) – one must view this larger to really take it all in!

Taken in Ibb, Yemen 2007
Camera: Fuji Finepix F30
 

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