Ta`izz Travel Guide

  • Qalat-al Qahira over Ta'izz city
    Qalat-al Qahira over Ta'izz city
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  • Al-Mutabiya Mosque
    Al-Mutabiya Mosque
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  • Al-Ashrafiya Mosque
    Al-Ashrafiya Mosque
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Ta`izz Things to Do

  • Al-Ashrafiya Mosque

    Al-Ashrafiya Mosque constructed in 628 with beautiful twin minarets located at end of old town in Ta'izz.

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  • Qalat-al Qahira

    Qalat-al Qahira, the old citadel and the governor's palace that rests on top of a mountain spur 450 metres above the city centre.

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  • Palace of Imam Ahmed - the highlight of...

    If you don’t visit anywhere else in Ta’iz, you must see this place. It was the palace of 3 generations of despotic rulers, who claimed to be descendants of the prophet. The exhibits belong to the second one, Imam Ahmed Bin Yehya Hamiduddin, who ruled from 1948 and believed he was bullet proof – until he was shot in 1962. He kept hostages in the...

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  • Watch the Sunset over the Mountains

    A good place to watch and photograph the Sunset over the Jebel Saber mountains and the city of Ta'iz is the pool terrace of the Sofitel. Sunset in November is around 6 oclock.

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  • Castle Qalat al-Qahira

    Originally built by the Rasulids, but also used by the Ottomans for defence, castle Qalat al-Qahira is perched high up on a hill overlooking the city.You cannot go inside but it is worth a quick look and you get good views of the city of Ta'iz.

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  • Explore the Suq

    The suq in Ta'iz is really pretty with blue awnings and is well laid out with goods from the region – coffee, basketware, breads and cheeses as well as jewellery and pottery.It is pleasant to walk around as it is quite spacious and has a very relaxed atmosphere.

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  • Al Ashrafiya Mosque

    The Al Ashrafiya mosque was built by the Rasulids in 628 and rebuilt in the 12th and 13th centuries. It is currently being restored with World Heritage funds. The restoration is expected to take many years and cost 2 million euros. It has 2 minarets and a Madrassa, with a large and impressive dome over the Northern prayer hall. It is highly...

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  • A castle in the air

    The castle which hangs over the city is an enormous piece of military engineering and is currently being restored, expense seemingly no object. As can be seen from the photo on my ta'izz page it has several concentric rings of defensive walls, crowned by a castle which is unfortunately still used by the military and is therefore off-limits. As...

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  • Al Ashrafiya mosque and madrasa.

    This mosque complex with its utterly distinctive twin white minarets was founded by the founder of the Rasulid dynasty in the thirteenth century.Unlike most other mosques in Yemen, it is actually possible to enter this one if you are not a muslim, and although one can only actually enter the madrasa and the royal mausoleum you can poke your head...

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Ta`izz Off The Beaten Path

  • Wadi Al Dhbab Weekly Market

    Wadi al Dhbab weekly market is a rural market and it is very crowded with animal traders selling goats, camels, cattle, sheep and donkeys as well as stalls of spices, garlic, baskets, hats, pottery and textiles and fruit and vegetables. This area grows very large papayas which are delicious!The country people are very colourful with bright orange...

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  • Al Janad Mosque - one of the oldest in...

    Close to Ta'iz off the Aden road is the Al Janad mosque – one of the oldest in Yemen, dating from the early 7th century with the original minaret, although other parts have been rebuilt over the years. It was built by Mua'ath Bin Jabal who was a companion of The Prophet. The first call to prayer in Yemen was called from here and it is one of the...

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