Yemen is a country rich in history and culture that offers a variety of incredible landscapes in a ”One Thousand and One Night’‘ atmosphere. One of the most mysterious and fascinating place is the ancient city of Marib.
Marib, located in a desert area of the country, about 170 kilometers from the capital Sana’a, is known for being the ancient capital of the Sheba kingdom, splendid and flourishing already in the first centuries D.C.: passing centre for desert caravans traveling through the road of incense, the kingdom had a great floridity due to its irrigation works, that later became one of the causes of its decline. Today, you can still see the ruins of the city with some towers, houses and a part of the ancient wall surrounding the city. But surely the most fascinating and evocative archaeological site, despite being buried mostly by the sand of the desert, is the ancient moon temple, where its beautiful columns are still visible. Although they are only ruins, walking in the sand of the desert while admiring the remains of the Sheba Queen’s temple, between history and legend, is really exciting.
The Queen of Sheba is a Biblical figure and the tale of her visit to King Solomon has undergone extensive Jewish, Arabian, and Ethiopian elaborations, and has become the subject of one of the most widespread and fertile cycles of legends throughout Orient.
Unfortunately, this precious archaeological site is virtually in a state of neglect, and due to the delicate situation in the country, works of preservation and recovery of many archeological finds have already been stopped and they ‘ll continue to stay under the sand of the desert, shrouded in mistery.