The UNESCO World Heritage Old City site is believed to have been inhabited for more than two millennia and its as architecture is unique.
Heavy rains collapse 10 historic buildings in Yemeni capital
Heavy rains lashing Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, which dates back to ancient times, have collapsed 10 buildings in the Old City, the country’s Houthi rebels said on Wednesday.
At least 80 other buildings have been heavily damaged in the rains over the past few days and are in need of urgent repairs, said the rebels, who have controlled Sanaa since the outbreak of Yemen’s civil war more than eight years ago.
The Old City of Sanaa is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the area is believed to have been inhabited for more than two millennia. Its architecture is unique, with foundations and first stories built of stone, and subsequent stories of brick. They are deemed to be some of the world's first high-rises.
The buildings have red-brick facades adorned with white gypsum molding in ornate patterns, drawing comparisons to gingerbread houses – a style that has come to symbolise Yemen's capital. Many of the houses are still private homes and some are more than 500 years old.